Outspoken agent to run for mayor
REAL estate agent Darryl Evans is the latest candidate to announce their mayoral intentions at the local government election on April 28.
One of the more prolific commentators on the Daily News website, the outspoken contender said plenty of people had suggested he should run and while he had initially been cool on the idea he decided it was time to "put up or shut up".
"You do think it through and think to yourself is it worth it, but in the end I decided why not have a go and people can make up their own minds," Mr Evans told the Daily News last night.
The 43-year-old former Gold Coast resident released details of his campaign website, on which he outlines his life and work experience to date and his priorities if he's the one wearing the mayoral chains after the last Saturday in April.
"I relocated in late 2005 to Emu Vale, then Junabee, after 20 years on the Gold Coast to give my daughters a better chance and lifestyle, away from certain elements of the coast lifestyle for youth that I did not agree with," he states.
"My wife has since gone back to the Gold Coast but I remain here and love this lifestyle and community atmosphere.
"I believe I would probably be classed as a conservative in the majority of my views.
"As I have not lived here all my life I have a different perspective on things without feeling the need to make decisions based on who I may offend, I would make decisions based on what I believe was in the best community interest."
Mr Evans said his decision to run for mayor came from "pure frustration" and what he claims is the inaction and "financial incompetence" of the current council.
"Many people have challenged me to put up or shut up, combined with the fact that I believe my ideas could make a difference for the better," his website states.
Mr Evans' announcement takes the number of mayoral candidates to seven, along with Deputy Mayor Peter Blundell, Cr Mally McMurtrie, Kim Olsen, Phillip Buddle, Gina Doulis and Lindsay Goodwin.
No fewer than 16 candidates are running for the eight councillor positions.
Mr Evans, who lists his interests as breeding warmblood horses, driving in the country and tending his veggie garden, said as a real estate agent and auctioneer spending 90 per cent of his time selling rural properties he enjoyed "seeing the different pursuits people have with their properties".
"As far as council is concerned I don't believe it can afford to pay more than $150,000 for its highest paid staff and a review needs to curb any employment contract above that amount," he states.
"All staff should expect a wage freeze where legally possible if I am elected."
- De-amalgamate Warwick and Stanthorpe
- Privatise WIRAC
- Freeze rates with maximum five per cent increase for next four years
- Road maintenance
- Staff wage freeze and review