Promising a return to stable, progressive council, The ‘Coffs Coast First’ group vows to create the environment for ‘a prosperous, attractive and growing city with excellent regional infrastructure and a focus on new jobs.’
Cr Rhoades, the Local Government NSW president, will be the ticket’s mayoral candidate having served as a local councillor since 1991 and mayor from 2004-2012.
“Elements of the current council have been dysfunctional and inconsistent,” Cr Rhoades said.
“We need councillors that can set direction, debate issues sensibly, and then act in the region’s long-term interests.”
“Our group’s particular agenda is in providing opportunities for both older and younger locals to stay in the region – and hopefully attracting plenty of new residents in the process.”
Also standing on the ticket are Thrifty Car and Truck Rental licensee George Cecato, Tom Jung Quarries and Total Gardens managing director Ray Smith and McGrath Estate Agents Coffs Harbour and Sawtell principal Martin Wells.
“The NSW Government has identified Coffs Harbour as one of the state’s major regional cities for this century,” Mr Cecato said.
“Now is the time to take control of that growth agenda, to ensure Coffs remains a fantastic place to visit, live, invest and raise a family and to do that we need a strong, united and progressive council.”
The ticket’s key issues are encouraging new businesses and enterprise to relocate to the Coffs Coast, re-energising the Coffs Harbour Economic Development Unit; improving local infrastructure, lobbying for the Coffs Harbour bypass, completing the Harbour Foreshores beautification, planning a staged development of a cultural and entertainment centre and ensuring sound financial management within the council.