Party leader makes Noosa Council plan B
AUSTRALIAN Independents leader and seasoned election candidate Patricia Petersen will stand for the new Noosa Council, if she does not win her Senate bid in the upcoming federal election.
The new Noosa resident previously contested three federal and two state elections, including an unsuccessful bid for the state seat of Ipswich last year when she ran as an independent.
If she's unsuccessful on September 14, she will turn to Plan B - the new Noosa Council.
And she has not ruled out a tilt for the mayoralty.
"I'll definitely run for Noosa Council, if not elected to the Senate, that decision has been made," she said. "I haven't given it a lot of thought because I'm focused on the federal election.
"I would love to be elected to the Senate. I think I'd be a fabulous senator. "Saying that, if not elected, I believe I'll have something more to contribute. I'd want to be in a position where I can give to the community, in particular my local community and that's the Noosa area."
Dr Petersen said if elected to Noosa Council, she would focus on holding regular community meetings to hear from the community and form all policies based on community wants and needs, making sure any "silly laws" weren't passed by the council.
"We want to ensure the community doesn't feel it's imposed on by council, rather council is there to support it. That's original purpose of having a council - to ensure local community was supported and had a voice and they were given best chance of thriving - socially, economically, and environmentally."
Dr Petersen moved to Noosa in January, for a three month stint, to aid her bid for the Senate. Now, she's made it permanent.
"The Coast has always been very dear to my heart," Dr Petersen said.
"I've got beautiful childhood memories here.
"I always planned to move back here at some stage. I thought it would be later in life."
When asked on her chances in making it to the Senate, Dr Petersen said it was unlikely she would get in on the primary vote.
"I'm a realist," she said.
"But there are up to 50 parties running for the senate.
"And many of the small parties will be putting us ahead of the Greens, Labor and Liberal."
"We're determined to have a very solid presence in the lead-up to the election.
"And we're doing our best to get messages out there."