Frank Wilkie: Noosa Mayoral Candidate


Dear Noosa community.

I will be seeking your support as Mayor in the 2024 Local Government Elections and in the coming months, will share information about issues and my platform.

This declaration is earlier than intended after Mayor Clare Stewart signalled her intention to run for the State seat of Noosa.

It is an early call, but In light of the recent events, I wanted to offer the community and the organisation a sense of continuity and stability up to and beyond the March 2024 elections.

It is not the only factor, but I am hoping our community will understand that experience in the field of local government does count.

LEADERSHIP: I’ve had close to nine years experience in guiding the decision making process as chair of the General Committee, the forum where all councillors debate significant and often difficult issues that come before the council, and other key committees.

As Deputy Mayor, I’ve gained eight years’ of solid experience in stepping up as Acting Mayor. I understand what’s required.

With your support, I can ensure council decisions are made in the best long term interests of our community.

Excerpt from press release below

The former journalist and teacher served as a Noosa councillor in 2007-08 prior to amalgamation, from 2014-2016 after de-amalgamation and as Deputy Mayor and often Acting Mayor since 2016.

Cr Wilkie said he was offering stability and experience in Noosa Council in the face of unprecedented development, housing affordability and cost of living pressures.

“Since de-amalgamation, Noosa has been constantly adapting to pressures brought by rapid and relentless change, which is only accelerating,” Cr Wilkie said.

“Now more than ever, we need our council to hold fast to core principles while improving delivery of quality services and protecting the natural assets and low-key lifestyle we all love.

“Noosa is a community first and a destination second. If we look after the things residents value first, then by default it will also be a great place to visit.”

Cr Wilkie said Noosa’s resilience had always resided in the community’s support for its planning scheme which had protected residents’ lifestyle and environment.

“In recent years, we’ve seen record voting against the Noosa Planning Scheme and evidence-based environmental projects, fortunately by a slim minority. With so many pressures seeking to undermine what Noosa is, we don’t have the latitude for that now.’’

The former journalist, teacher and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a record of service within volunteer community groups and is an award-winner for Environmental Journalism. He has a strong record of support for the Noosa Planning Scheme and evidence-based initiatives that protect Noosa’s beaches, rivers, waterways and open spaces and projects fostering economic innovation.

Cr Wilkie chairs the council’s General Committee where key issues are debated, the Capital Works Executive and The Climate Change Response Plan Community Reference Group. He served for six years on the Tourism Noosa board just after de-amalgamation and is the councillor invitee on the Cooroy Future Group which runs the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre.”

Frank Wilkie for Noosa Mayor

Frank Wilkie
Deputy Mayor, Noosa Council

0413 530 587
PO Box 117, Peregian Beach Qld 4573