Media identity to stand for division seven against Everard

LOCAL media identity and volunteer Peter Carey will stand as a candidate in division seven.

On Friday Mr Carey will finish his marketing and business role at St Stephens Hospital to focus on his campaign.

Challenging incumbent councillor Darren Everard, Mr Carey pledges to be a fresh voice in the council.

"Division 7 is so very unique; there are segments of Kawungan, Urraween and Urangan, the communities of Booral and River Heads and then World Heritage listed Fraser Island just across the Great Sandy Strait," he said.

"I was on Fraser recently and they certainly need a strong advocate in council to have their voices heard as well."

"I have never gone into any role without giving 100%, 100% of the time; that is a promise I give to the residents of division seven."

Mr Carey said business experience had made him aware of the community's needs.

"I spent over 20 years behind a microphone in commercial radio, but that doesn't mean I won't stop to listen," he said.

"I spent many of those years hosting talk-back radio; so I have always had a keen ear to the ground to find out what people really want to talk about and what affects their day to day lives.

"I will be canvassing the division to find out the wants and needs of residents.

"Having been in small business I am greatly aware that small business is the backbone of the region and it is vitally important we do all we can to capitalise on whatever opportunities come our way, such as the cruise ships coming into the bay or making it easier to set up a small business or ensuring we remain on track with our infrastructure such as roads, kerbs, guttering and footpaths."

Mr Carey is the current president of the Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, a member of the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce, a presenter on Fraser Coast Community Radio FM107.5 and a long time member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Committee.