Division 8 covers a wide swath of the community, from Smithfield in the north down thru thru Holloways and Machans, and across the valley west to Stratford and Freshwater. A very diverse division, indeed.
This division has been aptly represented by Marge Cochrane, who is very well regarded as a responsive councillor. But clearly not mayor material. So any new councillor for this division is going to have some big
dresses shoes to fill.
The Unity Manning-Byrne Team candidate is Jessie Richardson. No, we're not going to start now.
The replacement handpicked by Cochrane is Rhonda Coghlan. Marge must of handpicked her while wearing a blindfold - Coghlan has little community engagement experience, unless you count chasing deadbeats for the bank. She's shown little of her thinking to the voters, instead parroting the Community Alliance line. She's offered that she's up for "2, 3, or more terms" - which tells me she's sick of her various jobs and is looking to get on the government gravy train. This is community service, Rhonda.
Barry Neall. What more can we say about this bitter old bigot?
Regularly scheduled by John "Cueball" MacKenzie for an interview, Neall can always be counted on to spout his bigoted viewpoint using all the "codewords" required by MacKenzie when talking about our aboriginal brothers and sisters. "Those people", "the ATSI's", and "the parkies" are just a few of the descriptions he's known for.
Running a website known euphemistically as "Residents against Aboriginals", he's been successful at organising meetings of other like-minded bigots. Meetings that accomplish bugger all. Even the Queensland Police laugh at this guy! Neall is a ratbag of epic proportions.
HERE. HERE. HERE. AND HERE. are just some of the stories we've run on him over the years. Voters - run for your lives!
That gets us to our final choice for Cairns Regional Council - Tanya Brooks-Cooper. We've heard Tanya speak a couple times, including at the Candidate's Forum in City Place. She's articulate, and shown a knack at "retail politics", doing a fine job getting out among her voters. And she's got a penchant for youth activities and outreach - the opposite of Barry Neall, who's preference is to lock them all up.
That's our ten candidates for council. Picked for openness, honesty, a track record of engagement with the community, and having a wide variety of skills that we believe compliment each other well.
Please, go vote this Saturday, April 28!