Queensland Labor has re-enforced its commitment to the Sunshine Coast, adding three more candidates to its team for the forthcoming state election.
Julie McGlone (Maroochydore), Mark Denham (Noosa), and Mark Moss (Kawana) make up the latest group of Labor candidates announced today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
This group of quality candidates brings a wealth of career experience to Labor’s Sunshine Coast team, with backgrounds in construction, ambulance services and communications.
Premier Palaszczuk said Labor was committed to winning seats on the Sunshine Coast.
“The LNP has taken the Sunshine Coast for granted for far too long,” the Premier said.
“Under the Newman LNP government the Coast suffered terribly from job losses and cuts to vital services.
“And despite opposition from the Sunshine Coast’s five LNP members, my government has worked hard to restore frontline services, restore business confidence and put programs in place to get Coast residents back to work.
“Now, with a team of quality candidates in place, we plan to give the Sunshine Coast a genuine voice in state parliament.”
Mark Denham - Noosa
A Noosa resident for the past 28 years, Mark has been heavily involved in the community as an SES volunteer and a member of the local ambulance committee.
Mark has almost 40 years’ experience in the Queensland Ambulance Service, and is currently based at the Tewantin Ambulance Station.
“I’ve lived in the Noosa community for almost three decades – raising my four children and nine grandchildren here,” said Mr Denham.
“I understand the pressures on local families and want to make sure they have access to affordable, high quality health care, and the opportunity to find work here in the local area.”
Julie McGlone – Maroochydore
Julie McGlone has lived on the Sunshine Coast for more than 17 years, after moving from Sydney in 2000.
“This place stole my heart the minute I arrived, and I knew it would be home forever,” Julie said.
With a successful marketing and communication career that has taken her around the globe, Julie firmly believes that her home’s coastal stretch holds some of the most precious gems in the state – and the world.
“Maroochydore needs an advocate that’s prepared to fight for a dynamic future for the region – to ensure our environment is protected, and at the same time create a foundation where jobs, transport and economic prosperity will make the region a prototype for sustainable growth.”
Julie currently works for an NGO that assists some of Queensland’s most vulnerable people. She lives with her partner by their beloved beach at Coolum.
Mark Moss – Kawana
Mark Moss and his partner Lisa have called the Sunshine Coast home for the past seven years. They raise their two children, Ella and Nicholas, in a modest brick house in Currimundi and understand first-hand the challenges faced by young families on the Coast.
A tiler by trade, Mark spent many years in the building and construction industry, before choosing to study political science at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Mark cites managing the many challenges of growth on the Sunshine Coast as one of his primary concerns.
“Since moving to the Coast, I’ve seen major changes in the region due to increased population and the expansion of our suburbs,” he said.
“Housing construction brings much needed jobs, but we need to make sure we’re investing in the infrastructure and services needed to keep pace with this growth.”