EARLIER this year I went on record as strongly encouraging Bill Ludwig to continue as Mayor of Livingstone Shire Council for another term, and that was before Cyclone Marcia set this council and our community another set of major challenges.
Under his leadership this council has re-established our Livingstone community identity, created a sustainable long-term financial plan, engaged well with our community and dealt with a wide range of issues in a considered, respectful way. The organisation looks to be in good shape.
Livingstone Shire is off to a great start and I am personally very proud of a number of significant successes such as:
The start of Panorama Drive to connect the Northern suburbs of Yeppoon with the Western Bypass and reduce traffic through Anzac Parade.
The first stage of the Centenary of Anzacs Precinct at Emu Park.
The commencement of the Yeppoon Foreshore redevelopment.
However, nearly all of these achievements are either "the start" or "the first stage" and there is a lot still to be done.
This two-year "half term" was always going to be far too short a period to fully create the new Livingstone Shire Council. In my view, returning the current elected councillors for a "full term" at the next election would give the community an effective council to get these important initiatives fully in place.
In regard to the position of mayor, even before we faced the challenges of Cyclone Marcia, Bill Ludwig's leadership, vision and drive to achieve for his community was well-known and these skills were certainly clear for all to see when faced with the serious challenges of responding to and recovering from the impacts of Marcia. He would certainly have my full support to continue in that role.
Cr Graham Scott
Deputy Mayor - Livingstone Shire Council