MORE candidates have put their hands up to run for Division 9 in the Sunshine Coast Council election on March 31.
The latest to declare their intentions are Master Builder's regional manager Steve Robinson and small-business woman and environmentalist Jen Mazoudier.
They join university student Taylor Bunnag, IT tutor Linda Morrell and former Maroochy councillor Bruce Dunne in vying for the seat, to be vacated by Vivien Griffin who is retiring.
Mr Robinson said he was nominating because the Coast needed more people in council with the right balance of experience, skills and success in business to revitalise the economy and create more local jobs.
He has served in the RAAF for 19 years, with senior appointments as commanding officer (logistics) RAAF Townsville and in charge of F-111 aircraft support at RAAF Amberley.
"My military career has had a huge influence on who I am and what I stand for as a leader and manager," he said.
"It has taught me the importance of discipline, teamwork, tenacity and dedication."
Ms Mazoudier, who has run businesses on the Gold Coast and at Airlie Beach, aims to create jobs while ensuring the environment "on which our tourism industry and lifestyle depends" is protected.
"Tourism is worth $1.8 billion to our region's economy. It is one of the largest employers on the Coast and we must work to expand the sector," she said.
Mr Dunne, who served two terms on the former Maroochy Council, promised to remove council levies that increased rates "by stealth" and to boost council services to provide value for money for ratepayers.
He said the council needed to attend to its core responsibilities - what used to be called "roads, rates, rats and rubbish".
"Instead of looking at public transport and state government issues, local government should get back to looking at their in-house stuff first and fixing all that up, giving the ratepayers good value for money service," Mr Dunne said.
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