Council candidate prepares for Devine intervention
A FAMILIAR face around town, Warwick identity Trevor Devine is set to be seen a lot more after deciding to run for council.
Mr Devine said he was approached by the Warwick and Stanthorpe Ratepayers Association to consider running for a councillor position.
"I feel there is a need for someone with negotiation skills. Negotiating is what I have been doing most of my life, from poultry farms to real estate," Mr Devine said.
"If I am elected, I will resign from my current position and commit to council full-time."
Mr Devine said his experience over the years with various levels of government would place him in good steed to negotiate on behalf of the council and ratepayers.
"From working for the Space Tracking facility at Canberra through to being a director of the Queensland Egg Marketing Board, I have experience with all levels of government," he said.
Mr Devine said he felt strongly that up until the appointment of the current CEO, there had been issues within the council structure, with CEOs thinking they were "running the council".
"Council is supposed to be the governing body, and the CEO and Mayor are supposed to convey the wishes of the council," he said.
Mr Devine's campaign is set to highlight several issues he considers important to the community.
"The rates discount - for both six and 12 month payments - that is a must as well as capping rate increases to the CPI," he said.
"Another issue is an insurance policy that covers sporting, cultural and charity events as that is really hampering people."
Mr Devine said he consider attracting new businesses as vital for the next generation.
"Council needs to advertise and offer incentives. There is nothing we can't accommodate."
Mr Devine said better liaising between council planners and applicants would facilitate matters.
"There have been some changes within council that have been beneficial but it needs to go further," he said.
"I am always willing to listen, and if convinced, I will assist," he said.