Councillor Lew Brennan will put his hand up again unopposed for a Sunshine Coast Council seat.
Councillor Lew Brennan will put his hand up again unopposed for a Sunshine Coast Council seat. Geoff Potter

No one in hurry to join council

THE Noosa region's two councillors will stand unopposed this coming election unless a willing candidate puts their hand up soon.

With the local government election expected to be held within the next two months, divisions 11 and 12 may only have respective councillors, Russell Green and Lew Brennan, on the ballot paper.

But both say it is not as simple as putting their feet up and enjoying the ride.

Cr Green said potential candidates could be waiting for the council poll date to be set.

"We've also got a state election to be called between now and then," he said.

"It makes it hard campaigning for local government election when a state government election is going on.

"Your message can get lost and confused in the grand scheme."

Cr Green said he had not heard of anyone looking to challenge his electorate.

"I think we just have to wait for the election date to be set."

Cr Brennan said he had no "absolute answer" as to why no one was challenging.

"I wouldn't be surprised if someone announced something soon," he said.

"Typically there have been a number of candidates in what was once Division 1 and 2 in old Noosa Council.

Cr Brennan said he was pleased with achievements made in his time to date in the council.

He fought for and won a $9.5 million library for Cooroy, the Butler St bypass at Tewantin, the Sportsman Way bypass at Tewantin and the Cooran Streetscape.

Cr Brennan said the potential for deamalgamation depending

on the result of the state election should not play a role in whether people stick their hand up for a go at council.

The call for nominations goes out when the returning officer publishes notice of the election.

Nomination day must be not less than 10, or more than 21 days after the publication of the notice and not less than 21, or more than 42 days before the election.

Noosa Chamber of Commerce president Carl Beck said he was happy with Cr Green in the councillor's office.

"I think Russell has done a terrific job in difficult circumstances," Mr Beck said.

"It's a big job, but he's always been available for me to talk to me.

"If there is something he can do, he is proactive about it.

Cooroy Business Chamber president Seb Vecchio said Cr Brennan was doing his job.

"We thought we would have heard about someone else putting their hand up by now," he said.

"We're having a meet the candidates night on February 21. It won't be much of a debate though by the sounds of things."

Are you qualified?

You must be an Australian citizen and reside in the local government's area.

You cannot run if you have convicted of a treason offence, unless you were later pardoned of the offence.

You cannot run if it is within 10 years since you were convicted of an electoral offence, within seven years of you being convicted of a bribery offence or within four years of you being convicted of an integrity offence.

You must also not be bankrupt.

You must be nominated by the registered officer of a registered political party that has endorsed the person as a candidate for the election or have at least six electors for the local government area, or division of the local government area, for which the election is to be held.

We thought we would have heard about someone else putting their hand up by now.

- Seb Vecchio


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