Waste watcher wants a voice
REAL estate agent Alan Cornick said he would be a waste watchdog if he was elected to Rockhampton Regional Council.
The 56-year-old grandfather declared on Wednesday he would challenge Cr Cherie Rutherford in Division 5 on a platform of cutting costs, eliminating waste and fighting rate rises.
"Times are tough, people are feeling the pinch and we need to live within our means," said Mr Cornick, who has been selling properties in the region for the past 37 years.
"I believe it is possible to aim for zero when it comes to rate rises. Waste and inefficiency are an affront to ratepayers but this council has not spent wisely."
He said having run his own business for many years, selling properties in town and around the region, he had a sound understanding of the issues affecting the broad community.
"I was born in Biloela and my family moved to Wandal when I was 14. I'm delighted that Mt Morgan is part of the redrawn division because I'm impressed by its potential and the way it has developed in recent years."
He said the council had not done enough to encourage investment and development.
"We need to make it easier for people to invest in the region," he said.
"It is still too hard, there are too many hurdles. I know of developers who have walked away and spent their money elsewhere because of the attitude that prevails at the council. That attitude needs to change.
"In real estate you spend a lot of time helping and advising people.
"I have a strong interest in the personal side of things and I like to think I understand the importance of good communication," he said.
His campaign goals include promoting the region more heavily as a tourism destination and encouraging sporting, entertainment and commercial ventures.
"After such a long time in business, I'm ready for a change and keen to put something back into the place where I've earned a living all these years," he said.