As I look around at our Division 5 towns, I see lots of reminders of what they once were. From the street murals depicting Woombye’s Cobb and Co history, Palmwood’s agricultural heritage with its links to rail and a steel art installation celebrating Maleny’s dairy industries, these are just a few examples.
Like most things, over time, towns change, so it begs the question, “That’s what we were then, what do we want to be known for in the future?” What will be our place in the Sunshine Coast?
Hi, I’m Charles Hodgson and I am nominating as a candidate for Division 5 in the upcoming council election. My wife and I moved to the Sunshine Coast, fifteen years ago, escaping city life, quite literally for the greener pastures of Maleny.
Since arriving, our family has grown with the addition of two boys, one each in primary and high school. There is nothing quite like children to focus your thoughts on the future. What opportunities will they have? What sort of world will they inherit?
You may be aware that I have followed and reported on council for over ten years publishing my View News website and social media channels. Through this experience, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on the inner workings of council, where things can be improved, and the challenges facing the Sunshine Coast as we deal with faster than expected population growth, a desire to maintain our treasured lifestyle and environment together with broader existential threats arising from climate change and ensuring our fair share of funding and services from state and federal governments.
While there will always be much attention focussed on the field of candidates for Mayor, more importantly for Hinterland residents, will be the necessity to elect a determined, dedicated and qualified candidate as their representative, someone with the ability to listen and articulate the case convincingly on behalf of Hinterland residents.
There are valuable things I have learnt over the past 8 years in observing the current councillor. Jenny McKay. They are the necessity to stay close to the community, engage widely, listen genuinely and demonstrate the tenacity to continually prosecute positive outcomes for the Hinterland.
In me you will see the same resolve. The Hinterland is not the coastal strip. There are additional needs, issues, and considerations for those living west of the Bruce.
I will ensure the needs of the Hinterland are heard and that Hinterland communities remain relevant and share in the success of the modern Sunshine Coast.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be drilling down on the specific policies on how I aim to do this.
With your support, I’ll ensure we claim our share of the Sunshine Coast’s bright future.