Five minutes with Tony Wellington
"ONE of the fine features of our region is that more than 50% of the Noosa Shire is today protected against any type of human development.
"Fundamentally the differences that make Noosa are the things that attract newest residents, that's tourists of course, that are a significant part of the economy, but also attracts businesses.
"We need a competitive advantage within the marketplace. If Noosa ends up getting dumbed down, if Noosa ends up just like everywhere else, and again I'm talking hinterland and Coast, then we lose any competitive advantage.
"We end up with a monotonous playing field.
"For a long time the tourism potential of the Noosa hinterland has been undervalued and under appreciated and that's one thing I would personally like to address. One is to develop a Noosa hinterland drive and tapping into the grey nomad market and the recreation vehicle market.
"I support the existing events and events are terribly important to the economy of this area - like the Tall Trees Festival, Christmas in Cooroy and the King of the Mountain Festival.
"I want to work to improve parking in Cooroy and Tewantin, I want to enter discussions with Mains Roads on a possible on-off ramp at the Mary River Rd (in Cooroy) to take pressure off the Garnet St bypass.
"I'll be pushing for the one-lane bridges on the Kin Kin Rd to be broadened and I also aim to reinstate the kerbside bulk rubbish clean-up and the free tip vouchers, because the end result is the environmental damage being done to the parks and the reserves.
"I want to see an increased transparency and accountability from our council. And if elected to council, I look forward to working with (Div11 Noosa Councillor) Russell Green to ensure that the best outcome is provided for our area in the de-amalgamation process.
"I want to make sure the dividing of assets and liabilities is absolutely fair."
Mr Wellington said he would be looking over the council administrator's shoulders while that is going on.
"For a long time the tourism potential of the Noosa hinterland has been undervalued."
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