Retiree vows to keep ’em honest on Livingstone's new council
RETIREE Paul Rackemann has decided to run for the position of councillor with the new Livingstone Shire and he plans to be a watchdog to keep things honest.
Mr Rackemann said he will utilise his working life, life experience and knowledge of the Livingstone Shire to do the job.
"I assume the new council will have a tourism and holiday area orientation; I want to be a voice for the people in the bush," he said.
"I have spoken to people in some of the local areas and they don't want the place to change.
"They don't want it to become another Gold Coast and I will support locals who don't want change.
"I would probably see myself as a watchdog for the locals and the bush, against hotshot tourism ideas."
Mr Rackermann said if elected, he will talk at length to the people of Ogmore and outer regions of the shire and if it is their desire, he will rally to have those areas returned to Rockhampton Regional Council to protect against development in the more tourist orientated areas.
On the issue of Coal Port development in the Fitzroy Delta region, Mr Rackermann said he sees development as inevitable.
"This will be a commercial decision so there won't be much point in fighting it, we need to work with it," Mr Rackermann said.
"I see the role of elected representatives as someone who keeps an eye on things and keeps them right."