Councillor Ingrid Jackson has endorsed the campaigns of Andrew Squires, Karen Finzel and David ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, who have announced they are cooperating as a group of independent candidates for the Noosa local government election in March.
“I’m pleased to endorse Andrew, Karen and Fletch who offer extensive experience, maturity and community involvement in their run as independent councillor candidates,” Cr Jackson said.
“They share values and policy principles consistent with my own and are high quality candidates with a commitment to carry forward the work I began to enhance openness, governance, accountability and transparency in our council.
“Andrew has had a successful business career in Australia and overseas and is a great contributor to our community in both commerce and the arts.
“Karen is a long-time resident of Pomona, a health care administrator and community leader.
“Fletch served his country with distinction for 20 years in the Australian Defence Force. He was a helicopter crewman who rose to be Army aviation’s senior aircrew instructor. He now owns a successful fitness centre in Peregian Beach.
“Although campaigning as a group called Future Noosa, the three candidates are independent councillors free to exercise their own judgement. The group ceases to exist after the election.”
Cr Jackson said the three candidates have developed a full policy platform that identifies many gaps in the council’s service delivery and emphasises concrete action to meet the community’s needs and expectations.
“They envisage Noosa Shire as a progressive community that values social responsibility and mutual respect,” she said.
“They are clear in their view that Noosa needs to have a responsive local government which should be a strategic leader, an effective service provider, a facilitator of local business and a protector of the environment.”