YOUR GUIDE: Livingstone Shire mayoral candidates

FOR a long time, it looked like Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig would stand uncontested in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

It was only last week that Heath Henwood announced his intention to stand against Ludwig.

With nominations now closed and ballot paper lots drawn, The Bulletin is putting together guides to help readers get to know who is who in the local elections.

Guides include background information on the candidates as well as contact details and are placed in the order the candidates names will appear on ballot papers.

If you are a candidate in the Livingstone or Rockhampton local government elections, you can email your profile (including background information and why you are standing of under 300 words) and headshot to the Online team: Click here to submit candidate profile. Note: profiles will be edited to comply with laws related to election campaigns and news publishing

Bill Ludwig

 

FRONT FOOT: Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig looks over the submission made to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
FRONT FOOT: Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig looks over the submission made to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Contributed

 

Bill and his wife Pauline have made Livingstone Shire and the Capricorn Coast their home for almost 40 years. 

"We bought our very first home in Emu Park, spending 11 years there before moving the family to make our rural home at Woodbury," he said.

"Self-employed most of my working life, I took on the challenges, responsibilities and hard work required to establish and grow a successful promotions business.

"Business skills, life experience and my passion for community involvement is what has equipped me well for the important leadership roles I have been privileged and honoured to successfully undertake on behalf of our community over the past 20 years."

Those leadership roles have included Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation President, Regional Economic Development Director, Livingstone councillor and mayor, RRC Strategic Planning Chairman, CQ Farm Forestry Chairman, Local Marine Advisory Committee, Reef Guardian Council Committee and Livingstone Local Disaster Management Group Chairman.

"The proven experience, knowledge and understanding I have of working with State and Federal governments, from prime ministers, premiers and ministers, to director generals and regional managers, has been instrumental in council successes this term in winning about $75 million in critical funding for infrastructure. These major job creating community projects will put our community in a strong position moving forward. 

"Those major projects, either currently underway or in critical planning stages, will also require experienced and competent management to ensure they provide the maximum number of local jobs during construction phases, and deliver on-going employment and benefits for residents once completed. 

"My commitment, if afforded the honour to complete the important job I started when elected to provide the leadership to re-establish Livingstone Shire, and the subsequent post Cyclone Marcia economic rebuild, will be to continue providing the experience, vision and drive needed to get it done."

Contact Bill Ludwig on Facebook here: Bill Ludwig for Mayor

 

Heath Henwood

 

Heath Henwood has decided to contest the mayoral election in Livingstone Shire. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Heath Henwood has decided to contest the mayoral election in Livingstone Shire. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

 

Heath is a teacher at Yeppoon State School and is an avid book lover.

He was born in Griffith, New South Wales in 1968 and was the oldest of three brothers.

The Henwood family was always moving, so Heath attended 13 different schools.

It was in high school he met his future wife, who he went on to have children with, a girl and boy now aged 19 and 17.

From school, Heath worked for several companies before setting his sights on QUT to study education, eventually landing himself the position of principal in Bundaberg, Byfield State School, Port Curtis Rd.

After deciding he much preferred working with children than paperwork, Heath went back to the classroom at Yeppoon State School where he currently teaches Year 5.

He said he was a reluctant candidate, but was thrust forward by an informal community group he belonged to.

"From the first day I suggested there would be better candidates than me around, but other people's confidence in me pushed me forward," he said.

"It is not for the power or glory or anything like that, it is more about serving the wider community."

Contact Heath via Facebook here: Heath Henwood for Mayor

If you are a candidate in the Livingstone or Rockhampton local government elections, you can email your profile (including background information and why you are standing of under 300 words) and headshot to the Online team: Click here to submit candidate profile. Note: profiles will be edited to comply with laws related to election campaigns and news publishing

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