Your guide to the Livingstone election
THE Livingstone election is a week away and The Bulletin online has decided to put together a guide for voters with links to all the stories about candidates uploaded so far.
This guide will be updated through the week leading up to polling day on November 9.
- Byfield State School
- Cawarral State School
- Emu Park State School
- Farnborough State School
- Keppel Sands State School
- Lakes Creek State School
- Marlborough State School
- Millman State School
- Parkhurst State School
- Taranganba State School
- The Caves State School
- Yeppoon State High School Evacuation Centre
- St Brendans College
A list of polling centres will be placed in this story early next week.
BILL LUDWIG lead the de-amalgamation campaign and is now vying for the top council slot - the Mayoral seat.
He is currently the Planning and Development chairman for the RCC.
Cr Ludwig, in his spare time, sings and plays guitar.
He, along with Paul Lancaster and Rockhampton Regional councillor Tom Wyatt (both are Livingstone council candidates) lead the de-amalgamation campaign earlier this year.
Cr Ludwig will be the first Mayoral candidate to participate in the Livingstone Mayoral Live Blog sessions next week. His session will be held on Monday, starting at 11am. Click here to go to story that is hosting the Live Blog.
Here are some stories The Bulletin has published in the past featuring Cr Ludwig and his thoughts on de-amalgamation.
BRIAN Fisher is having another go at Bill Ludwig.
The Livingstone mayoral candidate ran against currently Rockhampton Regional councillor Ludwig in last year's Division 3 election.
Mr Fisher is a founding member of Capricorn Coast Business Association.
One of his top priorities is creating jobs for future generations through sustainable development and tourism.
Mr Fisher listed creation of jobs through sustainable development as one of his priorities.
Here are some stories published online featuring Mr Fisher:
Mr Fisher will also be participating in the Livingstone Mayoral Live Blog sessions. His session will be held on Wednesday, starting at 11am. Click here to go the story hosting that session.
KAY Becker is looking to take on a new advocacy/management type role on the new council.
She was the chief executive officer of the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service up until earlier this year after 14 years with the service.
Living in Glenlee, she is one of only a handful of candidates with ties to the rural region of Livingstone.
Ms Becker believes it's a region that is as important as the coastal region of the shire.
She said she was opposed to any big infrastructure projects next year.
"I think the first 12 months will be very tough financially," Ms Becker said.
The former Girls Grammar boarder, who grew up in Theodore, has spent the past 15 years working for the rescue service and has been heavily involved in the community.
Here are some stories featuring Kay Becker:
Ms Becker will also be featured in a Live Blog session. Her session will be held on Tuesday, starting at 11am. Click here to go the story hosting that session.
WITH more than 20 years business experience under his belt, Dean Anderson wants to apply his knowledge to Livingstone Shire Council as a councillor.
Dean said he was positive, passionate and had a pro-active attitude that allowed him to be a natural problem solver which he reckoned was just what the new council needed.
"I am very passionate about developing partnerships between the private and public sectors and integrating industries through common causes to build a stronger, more vibrant economy and community," Dean said.
"Real collaboration to achieve results for the community into the future is what I am all about."
He said the first port of call for the new council would be to develop a budget.Once that was done, priorities needed to include raising the profile of the region as a destination.
"We need to create events and activity in the community that encourages others to visit our region.
"We also need to encourage small business growth in the region to assist our local economic growth," he said.
Read more here: Dean Anderson
PAUL Bambrick is well known around the traps as one to put his hand up to represent the community on every level.
He is a member of the Greens Party and a strong-voiced person about environmental issues.
He is involved in the local music and arts industry, is a qualified architectural technician and is familiar with planning, infrastructure and the building industry.
Having been well travelled throughout Australia and internationally, Mr Bambrick said he has a holistic and grounded approach.
"My agenda is to make where we live greener, cleaner and are more attractive to visitors and residents alike," Mr Bambrick said.
"I'm all for grassroots democracy that will empower the people of Livingstone to contribute to our mutual benefit.
Read more here: Paul Bambrick
HE IS a firm advocate for small and large business development, involved in multiple sporting clubs and community groups across the Capricorn Coast, and now Adam Belot wants to use his experience and compassion to represent the Livingstone Shire region as a councillor.
"I grew up assisting my family in their own business and have run my own small business for the past 20 years," Mr Belot said.
"I have studied teaching, taught at Rockhampton TAFE and have had involvement with many community groups on the Coast including Sea Q Boardriders, Yeppoon Choral Society, Cap Coast Soccer Club, Yeppoon Gymnastics Club and Yeppoon Little Athletes to name just a few.
"I am raising my family in this community and want to see it thrive and prosper into the future."
Mr Belot said he would like to see a new council made up of good councillors that are strong, caring and empowered under the spectrum of transparency, innovation and committed to sustainability.
Read more here: Adam Belot
BUSINESS owner Robert Blyde has joined the other 26 candidates seeking the position of councillor for the new Livingstone Shire Council.
Mr Blyde said he had lived and worked in the region since 1986 and in that time has been actively involved with community clubs and not-for-profit organisations.
"I respect the variety of social variation and have made an effort to get to know, understand and appreciate our differences," Mr Blyde said.
"We need a strong financial and respectful management committee for council."
Mr Blyde said he had a six-point plan for his election platform beginning with the inclusion of the entire region in the decision-making process for the area.
"It is time to move on from de-amalgamation and ensure a strong and prosperous future for the region," he said.
Read more here: Robert Blyde
WITH a vision to develop an ethos of promoting, valuing and protecting our natural assets, Dusan Cech is running for the position of councillor for Livingstone.
"I am a family man, known to many for the last 20 years as one who has always spoken up on behalf of ratepayers, without fear or favour, through the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association," Mr Cech said.
"I listen, research and weigh the facts carefully, always respecting another's point of view.
"Experienced in industry and successful in running my own business and property management, I am not interested in petty politics but concentrate on practical solutions and the big picture.
"With the community's vote, and the goodwill of the mayor and other councillors, I hope to re-unite and improve consultation, control finances focusing on debt and rate value and fairness, fix existing infrastructure before starting new projects and ensure service delivery to all areas.
Read more here: Dusan Cech
THE 21-year-old voiced her interest in a role on the council months ago.
She is a Rockhampton Regional Council employee.
In September, she said she understood the financial constraints facing the new council.
"Every new councillor knows that.
"If we go in thinking there's money to spend, we're in over our head.
"We need to get in there and look at costs, how we're spending and where we can cut back while still improving services."
She suggested giving staff the option to take voluntary redundancies would cut back on the budget.
To date, the list of people indicating they would run includes a number of familiar faces, but they are outranked by those who are new to local politics.
Recently, Hannah was featured in a story about a group of people on the Capricorn Coast that formed a group - Friends of BARPO (Be a responsible Pet Owner) that are aiming to tackle problems with strays. Read more here: BARPO
BRETT Geissmann believes his local experience and knowledge will come in handy in his bid to be elected to the new Livingstone Shire Council.
"I can bring honesty and transparency to the role and I will insist on public consultation and participation should I be selected as one of the new councillors," he said.
"I believe we need to do more to promote youth development in our region and support our children and youth.
"I am pro-sustainable development and recognise the necessity to work with developers in a proactive manner.
"I also see the need to encourage a greater level of tourism and business development for improved economic growth."
Read more here: Brett Giessmann
SCHOOL teacher, youth worker, administrator and Lions member are just a few of the feathers in Nigel Hutton's hat and now he would like to add councillor of the new Livingstone Shire Council to the list.
It has been 10 years since Nigel (pictured) completed his education at Yeppoon State High School and he has been busy adding to his life experiences.
"I have spent time backpacking across Europe and the USA, studied at the London School of Economics (internship), Griffith University (BA Arts) and Central Queensland University (Grad. Dip. Teaching)," Nigel said.
"I have worked at all levels of government (while studying), with the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Health, Livingstone Shire Council, Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Palace of Westminster, and the Australian Taxation Office, along with not-for-profit organisations, including the Woodridge Multilink youth centre and the Yeppoon Lions.
"These experiences have taught me life lessons and broadened my outlook on the world, so that I now feel I can contribute to the success of the new Livingstone Shire Council."
Read more about Nigel in these stories:
Michael (pictured) said it was a natural progression to want to give back to the community that had become his beloved home.
"If elected by the community, I will endeavour to serve the community with the same passion that I have for the region, working with the mayor and fellow councillors to the best of our ability to promote, protect and nurture future growth of the Livingstone Shire."
"I am very mindful that any financial decisions that the new council makes will impact the residents and as such, I take the responsibility seriously.
Read more: Michael Johns
FOR the past 12 years Jan Kelly has worked as a regional organiser for the Australian Services Union, with 27 councils pre-amalgamation and seven councils after amalgamation.
With a vast resume of experience working with mayors, councillors, CEOs and managers to achieve the best outcomes for workers and councils during restructures, Ms Kelly said she was ready to fight for the region.
"I represent people when they need someone to fight for them, I fight for fairness and justice for all," Ms Kelly said.
"I have never been one to sit on the sidelines; I have strong yet balanced convictions and I want to make a difference.
Read more: Jan Kelly
GARY KERR, a business man and president of the Capricorn Coast Business Alliance, is one of many that was pro de-amalgamation.
He, along with the CCBA, backed the de-amalgamation campaign (after a members vote) earlier this year.
Mr Kerr said the committee had done exhaustive research and consultation prior to reaching its recommendation.
"Our conclusion was, beyond doubt, we should recommend to our members to support deamalgamation," Mr Kerr said.
"Our assessment was that costs incurred, the intangible benefits of local decision-making, community engagement, and the ability to increase efficiencies and service levels from deamalgamation far outweighed the benefits of remaining amalgamated."
He said the support was conditional, but acknowledged there was no way they could enforce the conditions.
"But what it does is put the CCIM and post-vote transition team on notice that these conditions will be pursued by CCBA on behalf of its members.
Read more stories Mr Kerr has featured in here:
KING'S Painting Service owner/operator and all-tide boat ramp advocate Clive King is ready to give his all in a bid to be elected as a councillor for the new Livingstone Shire Council.
He said this knowledge, combined with his experience as a business owner/operator and his passion for his community, would make him an efficient councillor who would strive to make the region better.
"I am proud to have gained a reputation for being a genuine, honest and reliable person, and I plan to use those attributes to represent the entire Livingstone region, should I be elected," he said.
"I understand the importance of community development based on democratic decisions, and I will listen to the community to reach the best outcomes possible."
Mr King said he would like to see the new council work together as a team to produce efficiency within itself.
"We need to have a strong focus on sustainable economic development to bring money back to our community, and we need to enhance our global profile to encourage tourism to our region. "
Read more here: Clive King
PAUL Lancaster wants to be part of the team that will make vital decisions for the Livingstone Shire's future.
With an extensive history in business management, he believes he can offer a steady hand to assist the new council, should he be voted in as one of the region's new councillors.
A Masters Degree in Business Administration and being a Certified Practicing Accountant gives Mr Lancaster a fighting edge when it comes to being part of the new team that will make crucial financial decisions for the future of the Livingstone Shire.
"While all the financial and business experience are important, I deeply care about this community and I believe I have a firm understanding of the many challenges we as a community face," Mr Lancaster said.
"I am determined to fight to ensure our rights as a community are not trampled by poor policy at any level.
"We need to ensure the values of our community are protected and I am ready to stand up and do just that."
Read more here: Paul Lancaster
ROCKHAMPTON Regional councillor and former Livingstone councillor Glenda Mather will try her luck again as she joins the growing list of people vying for a position as councillor with the new Livingstone Council.
"I have a sound understanding of the attributes and constraints of the Livingstone Shire, its strengths and its weaknesses, its needs and its threats," Mrs Mather said.
"I understand public concerns and community expectations.
"I have always demanded honesty and transparency in all council matters even when that has meant I have stood alone in my beliefs."
Mrs Mather said the new council needed strong financial control, a fair rating system, strategic land management, a nurturing business acumen, youth employment and an environmental awareness.
"If my priorities reflect community concerns, voters will vote for me," she said.
"I believe my past support stems from my consistent approach to priorities and controversial issues."
Read more: Glenda Mather
SHE is a country girl living at Nankin who has successfully owned and operated a number of businesses.
And now Amanda McCasker is embarking on a new role.
Ms McCasker has nominated to be elected as a councillor for Livingstone Shire Council.
Having spent her entire life living in rural areas, Ms McCasker wants to be a voice for the rural community.
"My family is very much a part of the Livingstone region and we want to see a community-focused 'fair go' for all residents living in the Livingstone Shire Council area," Ms McCasker said.
"If elected, I will work to an achievable budget with no unnecessary spending and ensure all constituents get equal benefits.
"First and foremost, we need to get back to attending to the area's basic needs and services.
"All roads need to be getting regular maintenance, including grading and slashing to improve driver vision and safety in the case of fires."
Read more: Amanda McCasker
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.
"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."
Read more: Steve McKenna
PAUL Mills is one Livingstone local who is passionate about his community.
Born and bred in Central Queensland, Mr Mills is known for his business acumen and his support of the local music industry and youth programs.
He has more than 20 years experience as a business owner, director and manager, and has been involved with raising funds for not-for-profit organisations Camp Quality, Capricorn Helicopter Rescue and many Capricorn Coast events.
Mr Mills said he offered an untarnished view and a lot of ideas to put the region into a better position economically without sacrificing the integrity of the region.
"We live in a magnificent part of the world with great beaches for fishing and water sports and we enjoy an amazing arts community along with a strong music culture," he said.
Read more: Paul Mills
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.
"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.
Read more: Paul Mitchell
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.
Read more: Paul Rackemann
RAY Roberts believes he has what it takes to be a councillor with the new Livingstone Shire Council beginning operation on January 1.
Having lived in the region for 43 years, Mr Roberts has been involved with a variety of sporting clubs and community groups and has gained experience he believes will be needed in Livingstone Shire Council.
"My working experience has educated me that working together is the only way to be effective and achieve the desired results," Mr Roberts said.
"Meeting deadlines collectively as a group and listening to the community are also vital for the role."
Mr Roberts calls himself a realist who knows the first two-year term will not be easy for the new council.
"In the first month alone, council will need to produce a budget plan with limited funding and (it) is just the beginning of the challenges ahead," he said.
"I believe I have the maturity and life experience to take on the task of representing the whole shire with a level headed approach."
Read more: Ray Roberts
GRAHAM Scott has stepped back from making any public comment as Capricorn Enterprise chairman while he runs for a seat at the Livingstone council table.
In an email to members of the group he said his nomination was not a conflict of interest. to his role as chairman.
"I became chairman of Capricorn Enterprise because I was not prepared to sit back and watch five years of my efforts (as a director on the board of both Capricorn Enterprise and the former Rockhampton Regional Development Ltd) and all the gains we have collectively made for the region be eroded," the email said. Mr Scott said he was not involved in the daily operations of the group.
Although Mr Scott took out an advertisement with fellow candidates in the Capricorn Coast Mirror, he said his nomination was independent of other candidates. He also said he was committed to ensuring Capricorn Enterprise remained an apolitical organisation.
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BUSINESS owner Tim Shepherd knows how to manage money and adhere to a budget, is a born communicator and is bringing his expertise to the table in his bid to be elected as councillor for Livingstone Shire Council.
He is a director on the board of Endeavour Foundation, has been a chairman of Capricorn Coast Business and Tourism group, is on the board of Sacred Heart School, has been an auxiliary firefighter for the past eight years and has sponsored many community organisations across the Capricorn Coast over the years.
Concern for community is Mr Shepherd's driving force to be elected to the new council.
"I plan to treat residents of the community with respect and loyalty and ensure their concerns are known by the council," he said.
"I will stand up for any unjustified waste of money and plan to give the same level of service and attention to the needs of all our ratepayers in all the areas that encompass the Livingstone Shire.
"I will be responsive to people's needs, be accountable for my actions and above all be honest and transparent."
Mr Shepherd said all issues, large and small, would be important to him if he was given the chance to represent the community.
Read more: Tim Shepherd
BUSINESS owner Leigh Smith knows how to keep a tight budget and she will use that knowledge if elected as councillor in the Livingstone election.
Ms Smith said she was not afraid to work hard to get results and she planned to work hard to be on the table with the new council.
"I believe I have a lot to offer Livingstone," she said.
"I am passionate about where I live and what happens in the future.
"I have a passion for travelling and seeing what the world has to offer and reminding myself how lucky we are to be living here.
"I have invested here, and love living in this beautiful area. Not many places have a CBD that rolls gently towards the ocean."
Read more: Leigh Smith
DERMID Stower loves local government and he wants to see the love affair continue by being elected a councillor for the new Livingstone Shire.
"I'm in love with local government," he said yesterday. "I've been part of it for so long that it's become a part of me."
Mr Stower, who has lived in Yeppoon since 2001, vowed to be "totally independent".
"I want to establish a level playing field and ensure everyone is treated the same," he said of his potential election to the de-amalgamated council.
"My undertaking is to listen to the people, reduce debt as soon as practical, ensure economic development, maintain moderate borrowings in the future and attract people to the shire, which will help foster small and bigger business."
Read more: Derm Stower
BRETT Svendsen is known in the region for his 18 months working for the community as a councillor for the former Livingstone Shire and his four years as chair of Strategic Planning with Rockhampton Regional Council.
Most recently, Mr Svendsen has been working as a support carer for profoundly autistic young men and will now throw his hat in the ring as a councillor for the new Livingstone Shire Council.
Raised in Emu Park and educated at Emu Park and Yeppoon, Mr Svendsen said he knew this community well and would rally to achieve the best for the region.
"My vision for the new council is to see 3.5-4% growth maintained to afford infrastructure requirements while keeping rates in check," Mr Svendsen said.
"We need to ensure environmentally friendly development is made a priority from day one with the new council."
Read more: Brett Svendsen
He is an avid traveller and camping enthusiast who loves nature. He has lived in Livingstone for the past 26 years.
Mr White said having lived in rural areas and worked in town, he has a good knowledge of "both sides of the coin" and understands differing needs throughout the area.
"I am a quiet achiever who knows how to problem-solve and I am a team player," he said.
"I am a good listener and I believe I could work to represent the whole shire fairly."
Read more: Mark White
He is currently a councillor with Rockhampton and a long time resident of the region. He spent time working in Council's parks department, at one point as the director. Before this he worked for Townsville City Council.
Cr Wyatt is a gardening enthusiast, running his own nursery at the Coast and is well known throughout the wider community for his regular segments on ABC Radio, Gardening Talkback with Tom Wyatt.
Cr Wyatt is an advocate for both affordable housing and aged care and sits on the board for Benevolent Home for Aged Care and is president of Rockhampton and District Pensioners Social and Welfare Society.
Cr Wyatt is a father of seven and is very active in the local community.
Read more about Tom in the following stories: