PUSH FOR POWER
Written on the 11 May 2011
TOWN planner David Power (pictured) has revealed an audacious mayoral campaign for the 2012 Gold Coast election under the banner ‘Power for the people’ on the day when Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is to deliver the national budget.
But Power wasn’t going to let that ruin his own push for power, and in front of a full-house at the QT Hotel ballroom in Surfers Paradise, the former deputy mayor outlined his modus operandi and addressed past issues and key objectives as he prepares a run at the top civic job held by incumbent Mayor Ron Clarke.
“I am here today because I share your frustration and I am deeply inspired by your thirst for a clear vision and energy for change,” says Power.
“The Gold Coast has long been regarded as the epicentre of entrepreneurism and small business. A place where families came to enjoy our enviable lifestyle, our climate, our hinterland, our waterways and our golden beaches.
“I have seen firsthand our city grow to become the 6th largest in Australia, and I have seen the establishment of substantial investment in business, property and infrastructure on the Gold Coast. We live in the best corner of the best country in the world, but we are no longer envied because in recent time this city has slowly decayed.
“Instead of being a city where dreams are made, we have become a city where hard working tradespeople have lost hope. A city where families have sent their breadwinners to work in Brisbane and in many cases the mines to keep a roof over their heads. A city whose youth have lost confidence and direction, a city that has been deserted by investment and by investors who have lost faith in our local government leadership and our decision makers.”
Power addressed the CMC debacle in which he was exonerated when pressed by a panel of reporters and says he has no regrets about the so called ‘bloc’ back in 2004.
Dickson told Gold Coast Business News: "It is not my practice to comment on the policy positions of mayoral candidates, or the merits of their candidature."
“The answer is simply, we need to change the way we move about the city, otherwise we will hit gridlock by 2016. Disruption to business will be far in excess of the temporary nature during this construction process,” he says.