Recent Bulletin stories highlight why I think there is such a mood for change amongst Gold Coast voters. It highlights everything that’s wrong with this Council and why none of the sitting Councillors running for Mayor can be considered credible candidates.
Where is that ‘have a go’ spirit that the Gold Coast was built on?
I’m sure people told Sir Bruce Small he couldn’t do things, they wouldn’t work. But where would we be as a city if he’d not persevered.
I’m a realist, and yes some of my plans with take hard work, boot leather, knocking on doors and a lot of persuasion of Councillors, fellow ratepayers, State and Federal politicians; but is that a reason not to have a go – of course not.
In business when people ask why, I say why not. Other mayoral candidates say my plans can’t be done. I can understand their thinking given their personal track records of failure for our city.
Can’t is not a word successful business people settle for. It’s not a word the Mayor of the Gold Coast should settle for.
The Councillors running for mayor have been settling for can’t, won’t, don’t bother, too hard, forget about it and too late for far too long.
I’ve found in over 20 years of business life, there are always solutions; you just need to look for them.
Tenacity is the key to success. If you get blocked one way, you find and try another and another until you eventually succeed.
People that know me well will tell you that I about finding solutions.
Former Councillors, like Sarroff, Young and Douglas are naysayers, complainers, whiners and wingers. It’s the State Governments fault or it’s the Feds who are to blame or it’s the Global Financial Crisis or the banks won’t lend any more or the Council CEO let us down or Council Staff won’t tell us the facts.
The point is that it’s time that they take a good, long, hard look at themselves
‘No’ is the easiest thing in the world for a Government to say. For eight years, we’ve endured a Council leadership that has found reasons not to do things, complicated the most simple of processes, grown a bureaucracy and delivered fewer services at a higher cost to rate payers.
But, people of the Gold Coat aren’t fools. They know with the right person at the helm and the right approach, we can get things done and make all the difference.
If a piece of legislation needs a change, so seniors can get a better deal, then I’ll ask Campbell Newman to change the legislation. For a man who ran on a cost of living platform and received the biggest mandate in the State’s history, I don’t think he’ll say no.
If we need to lobby the State to get additional funding for a road, we’ll do it. If we need to look at private finance to support a new cultural centre, then I’ll do it.
The problem with these want-to-be Mayoral candidates is they don’t have the experience at problem solving to think outside the box and that’s what we desperately need on the Gold Coast right now.
Over the coming weeks, I will release more details and costed plans that demonstrate clearly how I will pay my plans and timelines for delivery. As I have been doing, I will continue to release all my detailed policy costings and identified savings well before polling day.
Isn’t it remarkable that not one candidate has supplied properly documented policies, costings and plans but all are screaming that I should release more of mine. All we get from the former Councillors is dot points and great slabs of stolen content from existing Council policy documents. The city deserves more for its candidates for Mayor.
When Cr Young made the outlandish promise of a 10% rate cut, did any of the other mayoral candidates explode with demands to see his costings? When Cr Douglas promised to get rid of all the rubbish tips across the city, has anyone asked for her detailed plan? When former Cr Sarroff claimed to be able to save $30 Million off the budget, has anyone asked to see the breakdown?
I want to make sure that when Gold Coasters go to vote they will have a clear choice. Voters can stick with the existing Councillors running for Mayor or opt for a fresh start, fresh thinking and a new approach to solving our city’s problems from me.
These sudden attacks are more to do with polling, positioning and posturing. Isn’t it interesting that only a week ago they were all crying out for “no more negative attacks”. Well it seems a week is a long time in politics because it is coming thick and fast from them now.
The choice will be clear on April 28th: more of the same from Councillors like Young, Sarroff and Douglas who have been there for up to 17 years, have had their chance and failed; or someone with a track record of successful delivery, that despite the challenges will get things done to deliver ratepayers lower rates and get the Gold Coast working again.
The former councillors running for Mayor have a policy approach that wouldn’t have worked years ago. Under them, we would never have built our airport to international standard, we would never have constructed nor extended the Convention Centre, we would never have raised the hinze dam for water storage, we would never have bid for nor secured the Commonwealth Games and we would never have seen the creation of the marine precinct.
Every successful infrastructure and event attraction projects for our city started with an idea, that became a concept, that was developed into a detailed plan that emerged as a priority, then was detailed and costed and after a major lobbying at all levels of government, was eventually built.
Council is the local Government for its citizens. Early support and early money for major projects is like yeast, it helps raised the big dough to get these big projects off the ground and implemented in the city.
The next Mayor of this city needs to have the ideas and the determination to see them through with energy, business experience and drive.