OUR SAY: Mayor's tough agenda

Mayor Mark Jamieson.
Mayor Mark Jamieson. Patrick Woods

SUNSHINE Coast mayor Mark Jamieson may emerge today as the new president of the Local Government Association of Queensland.

If he is to do so it will cap an extraordinarily successful first term in office which this year saw him overwhelmingly endorsed by ratepayers to serve a second four-year term.

There can be little doubt that since entering politics as a novice in 2012 the Mayor has won the the confidence of the business and development communities and quickly found himself a welcome seat at the table of both State ministers and his fellow mayors across Queensland.

Hugely competitive he will be disappointed if success does not come his way. In the end the result may boil down to the support he can draw from smaller local authorities across the state.

His ability to do so is something of which he may have some confidence given his own business interests stretch from central Queensland to the Darling Downs.

Despite Mr Jamieson's admitted thirst to multi-task he will however need to ensure he does not stretch himself too thin.

The agenda set his second term here is enormous and includes the development of a $50m solar farm business, construction of the $400m airport expansion, significant planning scheme amendments, the creation of a new CBD for the region, progress towards a multi-billion dollar light rails system.

His council will also have to manage the emerging pressures of a city the size of Gladstone with a 50,000 population on its southern doorstep and the development of a home for another 17,000 at Palmview.

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