An immigration law expert, business owner and Public Service Medal winner from the hinterland has entered the race to become the Sunshine Coast’s next mayor. Wayne Parcell is running as a non-aligned independent candidate in the March elections and says “ultimately, I will be answerable to the people of the Sunshine Coast, not to a political party headquarters”. A Montville resident since 2005, Mr Parcell has run the Rangebow Festival for the past two years and has served as president and vice-president of the Montville Village Association. He has also turned the near-derelict Montville tennis courts into a thriving community asset. Mr Parcell says he has a strong affection for the hinterland. “Living on the hinterland, I appreciate the economic and cultural diversity of the entire region,” he says. “It is fundamental to community engagement and delivery that there is recognition of the distinct communities, their differences and their contribution within our region. Everyone needs a champion they can rely upon who, like me, believes in diversity, inclusion, sustainability and reconciliation – those values are intrinsic to sound decision-making and equitable outcomes for everyone.” Mr Parcell was educated in Brisbane, studying law at the University of Queensland. He received the Public Service Medal in 1996 in the Australian Honours List for his outstanding service to Australia. Read the full story at our sister site: sunshinecoastnews.com.au.
Current Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray has confirmed his intention to run for mayor in the local government elections. Launching his campaign outside the Maroochy Surf Club, where he is a life member, Cr O’Pray says “the timing’s right”. “I am announcing that I’m ready, I’m totally ready, and I’ll be running in the 2024 local government elections to become your Sunshine Coast mayor,” he says. “Why am I running for mayor? The people of the Sunshine Coast deserve an experienced, steady set of hands, someone who knows what they’re doing and is ready to start right now. This council is a very complex operation serving around about 350,000 people. It’s a $1 billion-a-year organisation and it’s an enormous responsibility to take on. Experience I believe is everything. I bring you 12 years’ experience on Division 8 for the Sunshine Coast Council and I understand it completely. I’ve had 12 years heading economic development, tourism, sport, major events, food, agriculture, clean-tech industries, aviation, digital services and, of course, our wonderful small businesses.” The father of two says he can step into the mayor’s role immediately. “The timing’s right. I’m 50 years old, I’m fit, I’m healthy, I’m highly energetic, I’m driven and excited for the future of the Sunshine Coast.” Read the full story at our sister site: sunshinecoastnews.com.au.
A prominent businesswoman connected to a range of community groups has announced she will run for mayor at next year’s Sunshine Coast Council elections. Min Swan says her business background, community focus and passion for the region make her well placed to take on the top job. “With the Sunshine Coast firmly planted on the world stage over the next nine years in the lead-up to the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2032, I know that the next four years are critical to fighting for the Sunshine Coast to balance the needs of the local community with the opportunities that exist for growth, especially regarding infrastructure, public transport, accessibility and diversity,” she says.
A “proud local”, Ms Swan has been an active member of more than 10 committees and organisations in the region. She started her first business as a 21-year-old, in financial services, before taking on a corporate strategy role in Sydney. Ms Swan returned to the Sunshine Coast in 2009 to start event management agency White House International, which is known for delivering high-quality events in the region. Since her return to the Sunshine Coast, the former Maroochydore High vice-captain has worked with charity and not-for-profit organisations across the region, raising considerable funds for community groups, developing strategy and influencing collaboration. Read the full story at our sister site: sunshinecoastnews.com.au.