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Experience vital, says Blumel

Debbie Blumel campaigns for mayor in Cooroy.
Debbie Blumel campaigns for mayor in Cooroy. Geoff Potter

BEING the only sitting member of the Sunshine Coast Council going for mayor gives Debbie Blumel a major advantage, she says.

Cr Blumel, during a visit to Cooroy last week in her campaign for the region's top job, said voting in anyone who had no experience in council chambers would be a risk.

"Politics is a very difficult profession. You have to be able to remember you're standing for community and not let vested interests take hold of you," she said.

"It's a big risk to anyone who hasn't proved their courage under fire because it gets hot in that chamber."

"You have to argue passionately to persuade councillors to see the community's point of view."

When she turned her attention to the needs of Cooroy Cr Blumel appeared to be well met by residents concerned about issues including the inner Cooroy bypass, the Kin Kin quarry and the new industrial estate on Carpenters Ln.

"I don't want to see Cooroy lose what it has already got," Cr Blumel said.

"The people here, who have been here for generations, value it too much."

On Carpenters Ln, Cr Blumel said she would push to ensure Cooroy residents were well involved in the site's consultation process.

"I don't think people are fully aware how industrialisation will impact on lifestyle here," she said.

"If they want it to be a light-industry focus instead of more heavy industry I will listen to their views as mayor.

"It will save a lot of expensive actions by community groups to appeal these decisions later on if they are involved from the beginning."

Cr Blumel said the issue of the Cooroy bypass, and heavy vehicles using Garnet St as part of the council's $3.5 million Cooroy inner bypass upgrade, was another hot topic.

She had gone into bat previously for Cooroy residents in council chambers over the matter but had an appeal to have the need for the bypass and the adequacy and probity of project decision-making process reviewed.

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