Paul Mitchell leaves job to focus on Livingstone election
FORMER regional manager for Capricornia Employment and Training Service for Capricornia and Gladstone, Paul Mitchell, has left his job to concentrate 100% on his campaign to be elected as a councillor with the new Livingstone Shire.
Knowing the region well through his work, Mr Mitchell said he had experience in identifying local needs, industry shortfalls, training and getting people into jobs, all relevant to the needs of the Livingstone region.
"I have managed multi-million dollar budgets and used creative and innovative thinking to find resolutions," Mr Mitchell said.
"I lead, work and live with integrity, credibility and transparency and believe the position of councillor is to be the voice and representative for the entire community."
Mr Mitchell said there needed to be genuine community engagement to ensure the council was representing its constituents.
"I will advocate for the ideas, views and concerns of the region from Marlborough to Nankin, Glendale to Yeppoon and Emu Park to Stanage Bay," he said.
"If I say I am going to do something, I get it done.
"I will not make promises of changes or rates payments but I will guarantee that I will fight whole heartedly for the region's causes.
"I believe we have an opportunity to have a fresh start with new faces, passions and ideas to build a strong council."
His vision for the new council is to see all councillors and the mayor work collaboratively, as a team, addressing all issues, ideas, views and concerns of the entire region together to benefit all.
"The new council needs to be available and accessible to the community," Mr Mitchell said.
"The council needs to be clear and transparent in their communication to the region about what it is doing to make our beautiful region even better.
"There needs to be a focus on creating jobs and opportunities so that locals stay in the area and don't move away to find work.
"There needs to be a focus on attracting tourism to increase income for the local business and council.
"We need to ensure a balance between the protection of the environment and future development."