Mayor Clare Stewart is keen for her councillors to hit the cafes for a serving of grassroots democracy.
Mayor Clare Stewart is keen for her councillors to hit the cafes for a serving of grassroots democracy.

Mayor’s coffee consultancy to hit local cafes

BACK in December as a relative political unknown in Noosa, mayoral candidate Clare Stewart decided the pathway to local government power could be well served with some grassroots coffee consultation.

Her 30 coffees in 30 days meet-and-greet put her in the picture with local issues by going face-to-face with voters.

Also read: Mayoral bid brewing – 30 coffees in 30 days

The tale of the election tape was that Cr Stewart just sneaked “home” over incumbent Tony Wellington to become mayor.

Now her council is about to follow her lead of listening intently over lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites or tea.

Councillors will visit Noosa cafes on the last Friday of every month to have a chat, or perhaps even have the ears “chewed” by local residents.

The hot “sauce” is optional.

Back when she was a Noosa mayoral candidate … Mayor Clare Stewart meets a Tewantin local during a street walk.
Back when she was a Noosa mayoral candidate … Mayor Clare Stewart meets a Tewantin local during a street walk.

The Councillor Community Chat sessions start on July 31 at Cooroy, Pomona and Sunshine Beach from 10am – 11.30am.

“We will visit different parts of the shire from the hinterland through to the beaches, so residents can be heard and get the opportunity to raise any issues,” Cr Stewart said.

“They can pop down, have a chat and even provide some suggestions or ideas.

“It’s a relaxed, informal way to hear from as many sections of the community as possible.”

Cr Stewart said councillors felt it was important to provide a number of ways to engage with the community.

She said councillors were excited about the new concept and hoped the community took advantage of the catch ups.

Inspired perhaps by Mayor Clare's election campaign tactic, Noosa Council is spending time in coffee shops
Inspired perhaps by Mayor Clare's election campaign tactic, Noosa Council is spending time in coffee shops

“Their success will depend on the community’s response and every councillor is committed to the initiative,” she said.

There is no need to make a booking, residents can pop in any time during the hour and a half session and have a chat.

The sessions will be advertised on the council’s website and social media platforms.

Residents can catch up with councillors from 10am on July 31 at:

  • Mountain Stop Cafe, 4/8 Reserve St Pomona with Mayor Clare Stewart and Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie
  • Cooroy RSL Cafe, 25 Maple St, Cooroy, with Cr Brian Stockwell
  • FOMO, 18 Duke St, Sunshine Beach, with Cr Amelia Lorentson and Cr Joe Jurisevic.

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