Bunnag has first hat in the ring

Division 9 candidate Taylor Bunnag will launch his Division 9 election campaign on September 1.
Division 9 candidate Taylor Bunnag will launch his Division 9 election campaign on September 1. Contributed

THE 2012 council election campaign is about to get under way, with Peregian’s Taylor Bunnag set to launch his quest for Division 9 next month.

The Taylor for Division 9 campaign promises a “fun night of food and live music” at the Coolum Peregian RSL on September 1, from 6.30-8.30pm.

Mr Bunnag is the only declared candidate, with incumbent councillor Vivien Griffin yet to announce her intentions.

Other potential Division 9 candidates include former Maroochy councillor Bruce Dunne and Benny Pike.

Both said this week they were not impressed with the present council.

Mr Dunne, who lost to Cr Griffin in 2008, said he was still passionate about local government and Division 9 and was “keeping an eye on things”.

He said it was important to have a united council and would consider running as part of a team.

Mr Pike said he had been asked to nominate and it was “a possibility”.

“I’m certainly disappointed in what Coolum’s been dealt over the last eight years... we’ve become a second cousin,” he said.

With Bob Abbot announcing he will not contest the mayoralty again, and real estate principal Brett Graham withdrawing from the race, the only candidate for the top job at this stage is former banker John Robert Edds.

Division 8 councillor Debbie Blumel said if she felt she had enough support from businesses and communities she would consider running for mayor.

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