Local physio puts his hand up for MSC elections.
"My wife and I have lived in Mareeba for the past two years and both enjoy the sense of community and welcoming spirit. So I have decided to run as an independent candidate for Council and coming from a professional background where critical thinking is vital and common sense must be applied to get things done, I offer my services to the voters of the Mareeba Shire.
I believe my background and experience in industry and the health profession gives me a far reaching scope of understanding of regional areas. Raised in Tasmania I completed my apprenticeship as a Fitter & Turner and later completed a Diploma of Aquaculture and worked in the fish farming industry.
When I moved to Queensland I discovered my passion for health and fitness and completed my Bachelor of Human Movement Studies and then a Master of Physiotherapy studies at UQ.
In my professional working career I have hands on experience in government health organisations where I have been responsible for budgets, service delivery across multiple regional health sites, conducted aged care facilities audit and operated a pilot scheme to improve outcomes for elderly residents in the community. I understand the importance of being able to gain support of all stakeholders and bring them all along the journey so we are working together to achieve product outcomes.
These are the skillsets I will bring to my role as a Councillor. I would consider it a privilege to work for the people of the Mareeba Shire and continue to ensure the services of Council are provided in a businesslike and efficient manner."
Terry Newman did not respond directly to the community questionnaire but sent the following statement:
"Being a non political independent candidate, my first priority is to be a representative for each of the 22,500 residents of the shire. Firstly the inequality of services between the more populated areas of the shire and the more remote areas need to be addressed by council.
For the Mareeba Shire to reach its full potential I believe the road and rail networks need to be vastly improved. With the Cairns economy being geared increasingly toward tourism there is a great opportunity to attract both light and heavy industry to the shire. Thus greatly improving the revenue base. And also providing increased job opportunities.
Along with council's core responsibilities of providing essential services to the community, council needs to be more streamlined thus reducing red tape and administration ensuring more of the available funding gets to be spent on the ground.
Due to an increasing environmental awareness, workplace health and safety laws and the public’s great appetite for litigation, all businesses including councils are finding it increasingly difficult and prohibitively expensive to provide any services these days. So in reply to your Wishlist these things would need to be funded by your kind donations to rates fees and charges. If elected I will be readily available in person. By telephone or email."
For more information about Terry Newman, click here.