Victorious Landsberg focused on core council services
SMALL-business owner and longstanding volunteer Terry Landsberg has won a sought-after spot on Sunshine Coast Council.
Mr Landsberg, the owner of Kawana Automatics and president of Windansea Boardriders Club, will step into the Division 2 position formerly held by Tim Dwyer who has retired after 20 years.
The first-time candidate believed the challenges of the 2020 Queensland Local Government Elections were unprecedented, with all candidates facing "constantly-shifting goalposts".
At the latest count, Mr Landsberg had secured 4447 votes (29.05 per cent).
Runner-up Brady Sullivan conceded defeat on Monday after a neck-and-neck race placed him just 440 votes short.
In declaring victory, Mr Landsberg committed to a strong focus on the core services council delivered as he expected the impact of the coronavirus to be felt across the community in the months and years ahead.
He said he believed the new council would play a key role in supporting the small-business community.
"I've been a sole trader for decades, so I truly understand the importance of small business in our community," he said.
"I'll be advocating for our council to allocate its resources wisely and to find ways to build our community and economic recovery from the pandemic."
Mr Landsberg expects the incoming council will face a range of challenges and opportunities and a steep learning curve.
"We will have to hit the ground running - but in a constantly shifting environment," he said. "I believe this is where fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking and doing will help us weather this crisis," he said.
Mr Landsberg thanked the Queensland Electoral Commission for their close work with candidates during "very uncertain times".
"I'd also like to acknowledge the hard work of all the other candidates - for many of us it was our first campaign and we all had to learn to adapt quickly as circumstances changed with the impact of coronavirus," he said.
"Finally - it's also important for me to thank the people who supported me - my small but valued team of supporters including my wife Nikki, former deputy Mayor Don Smith and retired local school principal Col O'Brien - and the many people in our community who spent time with me throughout our campaign.
"The time, effort and feedback each person has contributed has made the difference and helped me reach this point."