Candidate Douglas Shire Council Richard Lavender 2013 Douglas Shire Council Candidate Richard Lavender

Candidate for the Douglas Shire Council
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  Richard Lavender Candidate for Douglas Shire Council  
who is Richard Lavender - Candidate for Douglas Shire Council
Richard Lavender, a 14 year Oak Beach resident and ratepayer, is a successful businessman with extensive business experience. Executive Director of a unique and successful Internet marketing company promoting Australian business and tourism worldwide for the last 14 years.

Prior to that a ‘hands on’ CEO of a software company that he started with limited capital and grew the company to a multi-million dollar company in 15 years. During that time, he managed a $15 million annual budget with tight financial planning, oversaw project management, sales, marketing, human resources with up to 150 employees working with clients such as Lucus Films & Software, Microsoft, AT&T, and
Bank of America. 
While the CEO of the software company, Richard also established an IT Advocacy group outside of the Silicon Valley CA. As president of this advocacy group for 4 years, he managed and motivated 80+ members from other IT companies CEOs, Presidents, Talent and Affiliates for the promotion of the IT industry in Marin County as an important segment of the industry through trade shows, events, local and state government lobbying.

In preparation to create a new business and family life in Australia the software company was successfully sold to a synergistic competitor/buyer. Richard has the background and business experience to take on the challenges of the NEW Douglas Shire Council

As a candidate for Douglas Shire Councillor, Richard Lavender is an independent, an alliance free candidate, (independent of any land development or association), who is focused, educated, creative, and passionate about the community. He believes that for the Douglas Shire to be successful; the community needs to be informed, engaged and that EVERYONE in the shire is 'listened to' and 'respected'.

Who is Richard Lavender?
  • Independent - not connected to or influenced by any outside source i.e. - local political, tourism group or association within the Shire
  • Positive, truthful, a good listener and planner, energetic, creative, passionate, ability to ‘bounce back’
  • Managing Director of a successful Internet Marketing company that has promoted the region for the last 14 years
  • Successful businessman
  • Previous ‘Hands on’ CEO of a software company, managing a $15 million annual budget w/ tight financial planning, overseeing project management, sales, marketing, & managing human resources with up to 150 employees, while working with Lucus Films & Software, Microsoft, AT&T, and Bank of America
  • After University, worked in the Banking industry for 7 years –
    Credit Card Customer Service Representative promoted to the Credit Card Executive Manager
  • Creator of the Haunting of Oak Beach – Fun Halloween Community Experience
  • Community Spirit Volunteer
  • Neighbourhood Organiser
  • Family Oriented Project Developer
  • Great Barrier Reef protection planning
What are my goals if elected?

1.   Balanced Budget (more > )
2.   Maintain Quality Services Shire Wide (more > )
3.   Sustain and Enhance Tourism (more > )
4.   Sustain and Enhance Agriculture (more > )
5.   Chemical Free Water (more > )
6.   Maintain Planning Scheme (more > )
7.   Encourage Business Diversification (more > )
8.   Expand Daintree Gateway Plan and Support Power Installation (more > )
9.   Engage Indigenous Leaders  (more > )
10.   Working 'with' the Community (more > )

  • Waterfront Development (more > )
  • Positive Shire Negotiations with Developers (more > )
  • Positive working relationships with other Regional Councils (more > )
  • A More Diplomatic Council (more > )
  • Plastic Bag Free Shire by 2016 (more > )
  • A united Council petitioning Federal Government – NBN roll out (more > )
  • Support Douglas Shire Entertainment/Sports Events to Increase Visitors (more > )
  • Macrossan Street Traffic (more > )
  • Review Referendums for the Community on Major Changes (more > )
  • Community Internet Communications  (more > )
  • Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention (more > )
  • Support the Application for Funding of the Mossman Aged Care Facility (more > )
  • WIFI FREE HOTSPOTS – Port Douglas, Mossman & Daintree Village (more > )
  • CCTV -  is a two sided consideration: sending a signal that our streets are not safe or, our streets are safe due to surveillance. The local police would be appreciative if CCTV cameras were installed. (more)
Prior to announcing his candidacy for Council Representative Richard sought the opinion of friends and acquaintances. Here are some descriptive words offered:
  • 'strong understanding of the issues facing PD'
  • 'u would be fab'
  • 'U have my vote!!'
  • 'You would be very good in that type of role'
  • 'You'll have your work cut out for you'
  • 'I would be honoured to vote for you!'

"Everyone in the shire is entitled to their opinion. A council that is truly representative of the needs and wants of the community should seek consultation with the community on important issues that affect everyone in the Douglas Shire."
- Richard Lavender


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