News

Qld referendum on his list

Mayoral candidate Jim Hopkins.
Mayoral candidate Jim Hopkins. John Mccutcheon

JIM Hopkins is not surprised that many people do not know much about him.

He does not advertise his face on the side of a bus or have a team of volunteers staking out shopping centres handing out flyers.

The 55-year-old Coolum Beach man is a "one man band, paddling his own canoe" in the race to be mayor.

Mr Hopkins was somewhat of a mystery man when he put his hand up for the Sunshine Coast Council's top job last month.

Speaking with the Coolum & North Shore News this week, Mr Hopkins outlined his big plans for the Coast should he be elected on April 28.

His vision? To hold a referendum not only for the Coast but for Queensland, to decide on deamalgamation.

"I want everyone to decide if that's what they want, to go back to the old shires or not," he said.

"This current council has a distance from the people in the street. There is a lack of representation.

"I think a referendum would put the voice back into local government."

Mr Hopkins said there was a lack of accountability in the current council

"At the moment, we have to deal with a conglomerate of bureaucracy."

When asked if he believed the Coast should split into the three former shires, Mr Hopkins said, "let the referendum decide, that's the whole purpose."

But he added: "Small ships always run tighter than big ones, and will bring back accountability."

Mr Hopkins said he was not surprised he was considered an unknown in his bid to be mayor.

"I've been behind the scenes," he said.

"I'm not one that writes to the local paper every week to rattle about something. I'm a lot cruisier.

"I am known by many people though."

Mr Hopkins' other goals as mayor were to establish a natural cancer therapy facility.

He also wants to provide a free week at the tip every year, to replace the curbside clean up and to provide a free hour of parking at the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Others in the running to be mayor of the Sunshine Coast are Matthew Ryan-Sykes, Mark Jamieson, Michael Bloyce, Kim Edwards, Warren Blee and Brett Winkler.

Topics:  council election mayor noosa sunshine coast


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

HEATWAVE: Towns to be scorched as temps pass 40°C

SUMMER is going to arrive at full force this week,

Chef can stand the heat

HAT'S OFF: De Ja Vu apprentice chef Brett Liesegang has been announced the East Coast Apprenticeships Food Industry Apprentice of the Year.

Coolum apprentice gets taste of victory

Local Partners

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

IF you want to experience the pure heat of the start of Queensland's scorching weather, you can't go past Birdsville.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!