Mayoral candidates for the Sunshine Coast Council have accepted an invitation to speak and answer questions at a public forum at the Noosa Christian Outreach Centre, on the corner of Eumundi and Beckman's Rd, Noosaville. Mayoral candidate Mathew Ryan-Sykes has sent his apologies as he cannot attend, but all others have confirmed their attendance.
The Forum for Mayoral Candidates will be held on Friday 20 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The event is hosted by the Noosa Residents & Ratepayers Association and the Noosa Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The public is invited to submit potential questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The eight candidates will be asked to make a short presentation and then will receive questions over a wide range of issues, including whether they support the de-amalgamation of Noosa and surrounding areas.
The format and timing is designed to provide an insight into each candidate’s approach and key policies allowing enough time for residents and the media to follow up important issues closer to the election on 28 April.
The Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association spokesperson Brian Stockwell says this is an important election, as the elected mayor will play a crucial role in the debate on the current draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and potential de-amalgamation of the Noosa and surrounding areas from the Sunshine Coast Council.
"We need a highly competent mayor to facilitate open and transparent decision making on the future of the Noosa area, including its natural environment," Mr Stockwell said
Noosa Chamber of Commerce President Carl Beck says this election comes at a crucial time of Noosa business people.
"This past two years have been some of them most challenging in the history of Noosa business, with many businesses struggling to survive," he said.
"Whatever happens with the de-amalgamation we need to know that the Mayor of the Sunshine Coast Council understands and is supportive of the needs for Noosa's business community."
What: Sunshine Coast Mayoral Candidates' Debate
Where: Noosa Christian Outreach Centre - Crn Eumundi and Beckman's Rd Noosaville
When: 20 April 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Hosted by: Noosa Residents & Ratepayers Association and the Noosa Chamber of Commerce & Industry
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