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Rod puts hand up

Division 8 candidate Rod Somerville.
Division 8 candidate Rod Somerville.

A THIRD candidate has put his hand up to contest Division 8 in next month's Sunshine Coast Council election.

Pacific Paradise finance and tax consultant Rod Somerville will run against businessman Jason O'Pray and Theresa Blumel, the daughter of current councillor Debbie Blumel, who will vacate the seat to run for mayor.

Mr Somerville has been married to wife Jenny for 28 years and, with five sons born and educated on the Sunshine Coast, he says he "understands the issues and the stresses placed on families today".

He said he was encouraged by the support he had received from residents.

"I was amazed at how quick residents came forward after hearing I was considering running and suggesting that with my life and business experience, high level of integrity and an attitude to stop the procrastination, then this is the style of representation they want and need," he said.

"I think I've got the business acumen to bring that to the council chambers.

"With the size of the council chambers and the budget the way it is at the moment, it requires people that have more of an understanding of what the financial side of the council is.

"I also owned Nostalgia Town for a little over five years so I've had an input into the tourism industry.

"I think I can bring a lot to the table."

Mr Somerville said his vision for the Coast was "to encourage a strong business community through council support where this puts people in jobs and money in the local economy, which will strengthen the social fabric of families in our community".

"We must also address the council budget and the level and type of expenses, an area that the current council has not been able to provide since the amalgamation," he said.

"This is what I do for a living and when we get it right there should be no cutting of services but a better return of value for money to the ratepayers."

Topics:  queensland election 2012 sunshine coast regional council


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