Cairns Mayor stands for re-election on her recordFighting hard: Mayor Val Schier is asking voters to consider her list of achievements for the city in the lead-up to the local election.
Positioning herself as the underdog in the four-way race because she inherited the fallout from the global economic crisis, Cr Schier, who is standing as an independent, is asking voters to consider her list of achievements for the city. "I have fought hard in this divided council to deliver on my platform from four years ago and the fruits of my work can be seen all over the region," Cr Schier said. "I stand for re-election with the experience of having delivered new infrastructure, a new vision and new leadership to this region – leadership that focuses on collaboration and building partnerships with the community, businesses and the other levels of government."
One of her proudest achievements has been to secure funding for the $155 million Cairns Entertainment Precinct. "I am the only mayor who has been able to deliver a fully-funded replacement for our Civic Theatre … on the best site in Cairns," she said.
Cr Schier is running against her deputy Margaret Cochrane, businessman Ian Thomas and former Cairns Port Authority chief executive Bob Manning.
Campaigning under the slogan "Building a Better Cairns", Cr Schier said job creation was at the top of her list of strategies for the city in the next four years, with an emphasis on continuing to lure mining jobs to Cairns. "I’ve been lobbying mining companies to base themselves here, recruit and train their workers and house their workers here, too" she said. "Two mining companies have set up offices in Cairns during this term and that’s just the beginning."
If re-elected, Cr Schier said she would continue to strengthen the community by investing in facilities and services, pointing to the City Centre Masterplan that outlines a vision for the next 30 years. "I hope to achieve a second term and four more years at the helm to keep on fighting for Cairns," she said.
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