Ludwig confirms intention to stand again at 2016 election

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig has ended months of speculation by confirming his intention to stand again at the 2016 election: Here he explains his decision with support from his deputy

AS OUR community transitions into the challenging longer-term post-Cyclone Marcia phase of rebuilding both our regional economy and our resilience to withstand future disaster events, it is time to focus on the way forward.

Key elements required in this critical phase of our long-term recovery will be stability, experienced leadership and importantly, our ability to successfully lobby for and secure vital state and federal funding support.

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The new Livingstone council has certainly made a solid start, both in getting on with the job following de-amalgamation and in responding to the worst natural disaster this community has ever faced in Cyclone Marcia.

There is, however, a huge job still in front of us and it is not my intention to walk away without completing that job, especially given this will be a time of greatest need for our community.

For this reason, I am advising the community of my intention to run for Mayor again in 2016.

Firstly to ensure we have a stable, focused and experienced council team to undertake the long-term recovery effort, and secondly, to ensure our community retains the high-level experience needed to continue securing major funding to get the job done.

Major job-creating infrastructure and community projects, which this council already has underway thanks to more than $26million previously secured over the past 18 months from State and Federal governments, must also be competently guided through to completion.

These projects include the Yeppoon Foreshore Master Plan, Emu Park Centenary of Anzac Boardwalk, Barmaryee and Emu Park multi-sports centres, Panorama Dve, Statue Bay rebuild and rural road networks upgrades, and our new town plan to set the frame and vision for our shire's future development.

Rebuilding our tourism industry by supporting GKI and other major private sector developments to get underway, and helping our primary producers to get back on their feet will also be critical elements of rebuilding our economy and generating future employment opportunities.

Ultimately it will be up to the community to decide at next year's March election whether I continue in the challenging job I have been entrusted to do.

My commitment to this community will be to continue to provide the strong leadership, positive drive and focus that our community and this region will need to rebuild and lay a solid foundation for our future prosperity.

Cr Bill Ludwig, Mayor

Livingstone Shire Council

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