Green withdraws from Noosa mayoral race
SUNSHINE Coast councillor Russell Green will today announce his decision to withdraw from the mayoral race for the new Noosa Council.
Cr Green said after much soul-searching, he had decided to leave local government at the end of the year and pursue a new direction in his professional life.
The 16-year council veteran said he was proud of his achievements to date and would continue to represent the residents of Division 11 with energy and enthusiasm until the split from Sunshine Coast Council was complete.
The Noosa Council will reform on January 1 after successful de-amalgamation vote earlier this year.
Cr Green was the first to throw his hat into the ring as a potential Noosa mayor in February - a month out from the de-amalgamation vote.
Cr Green was first elected to Noosa Council in 1997.
When the Sunshine Coast Council was formed in 2008, he was elected to the new Division 11 - which takes in Castaways Beach, sections of Doonan, Marcus Beach, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Peregian Beach, parts of Peregian Springs, Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach and sections of Tewantin.
Australian Independents leader and seasoned election candidate Patricia Petersen will stand for the new Noosa Council, possibly for the mayorship, if she does not win her Senate bid in the upcoming federal election.
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