Thursday, June 20, 2024

Sunshine Coast Mayor to step down

Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, has announced he will not run in next year’s local government elections.

“After nearly 12 years serving the communities of the Sunshine Coast and vigorously representing the interests of our residents to the other tiers of government, I have decided that it is time to put my family and my personal interests first,” Mayor Jamieson told local media on Friday.

“For this reason – and this alone – I have decided not to contest the next election for mayor of our great Sunshine Coast Council on March 16, 2024.”

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) applauded Mayor Jamieson, who is also Local Government Association Queensland (LGAQ) President for his outstanding career in local government.

ALGA President, City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott thanked Mayor Jamieson for his long and effective service to councils at a local, state and national level.

“On behalf of Australia’s 537 councils, I sincerely congratulate Mayor Jamieson for his outstanding contribution to and leadership of local government,” President Scott said.

“Mayor Jamieson has enjoyed a wonderful career, including serving as LGAQ President for the past seven years.

“He also served on our ALGA board for four years, making a significant contribution to local government policy at the national level, and helping secure a better deal for our communities.”

She said Mayor Jamieson was also an instrumental leader in championing the bid for Queensland to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.

“I wish Mayor Jamieson all the best for his future endeavours and thank him sincerely for his contributions to local government and the communities we serve,” said President Scott.

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