Stephen McKenna has come home from Tasmania to campaign to be elected as a Councillor with the new council. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror
Stephen McKenna has come home from Tasmania to campaign to be elected as a Councillor with the new council. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror Trish Bowman

McKenna believes a council should set minimal policies

STEPHEN McKenna has left a human resources and finance manager's position in an organisation with 630 staff at 22 sites in Tasmania to return home and run for the position of councillor with Livingstone Shire.

With a business degree, years of experience in varied industries and a long-held interest in local and state government, Mr McKenna sees an opportunity to make a difference.

"Our community - coast, urban and rural - has an opportunity to build a dynamic, inclusive and prosperous lifestyle for all," he said.

"I believe public leaders have a duty to set minimal council policies and by-law standards to ensure that people can pursue their own goals and happiness without intruding on the safety, prosperity and happiness of their neighbour.

"Government at all levels should avoid unnecessary intrusion into people's lives and property."

Mr McKenna said the area was one of the most beautiful and friendly places in the world and it was time to make use of it.

"We can swim and play all year round, unlike our northern neighbours.

"Mr McKenna believes a balanced economy can be founded on tourism, agriculture and proximity to the rich coal fields.

"In the longer term, with the world class CQU, resources, locality and lifestyle others dream of, Livingstone has every opportunity to attract information and knowledge based industry to the region," he said.



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