A long time hinterland resident, Keith Campbell, standing for election in Division 10, wants more open government.
In an interview in the Sunshine Coast Daily Mr Keith Campbell called for more transparency from the Sunshine Coast Council.
“It is true that council have delivered some worthwhile initiatives, but overall in recent times they have alienated and lost the trust and respect of a significant number of residents.
“Council is increasingly favouring image over substance, corporate over community and pursuing questionable or ill-conceived strategies which is coming at considerable cost – both financially and in terms of loss of liveability.
“By all means we must evolve, create new opportunities and foster growth, but this must be through sustainable and responsible decision making and certainly not at the neglect of core council responsibilities or the loss of our treasured lifestyle.
“The town plan and opinions of the greater community have not been respected by this council, which increasingly operates behind closed doors,” Mr Campbell was quoted in the newspaper.
The 57 year old father of three, who has a long family connection to the area encompassed by the division, said there is an appetite for change.
“We need capable, community-minded representatives with a local conscience making responsible decisions to ensure a sustainable future,” he said.
“I stand for improved transparency and accountability in council operations and a fair go for Division 10.”
Mr Campbell also acknowledged the contribution of retiring Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson. From now until the March election he will conduct regular meet-and-greet sessions across Division 10; and he has invited all residents to come along and share the issues that are important to them.