Hi Moreton Bay,
As we head towards the next Local Election on Saturday, 28 March 2020 I want to give you folks as much information as I can on what I’m about and what I wish to do for Moreton Bay.
Over the last six years I have been involved in many matters that have directly affected many people’s lives in our region, things such as the MBRC Flood plan, alleged corruption, animal habitats, conflict of interest with Councillors and business people, intimidation of MBRC staff and the public, the breakdown of relationships between the different levels of Government and so much more.
It was never my intention to run for any political office as I was happily enjoying my retirement and loving my new life here in Moreton Bay, but things happen for a reason and it is my firm belief that this was meant to be.
We are all here right now at this time and this place to affect change that will see us into the future and this is my chance to give a little back to Queensland for my new life.
Recently we have seen Mayor Allan Sutherland announce his retirement, we have also now seen Cr Adrian Raedel arrested and charged by the CCC for alleged corruption, we have seen the MBRC CEO Daryl Hitzman resign and now also seeing a scathing report which was requested by the MBRC themselves and handed down by Grassroots Connections which revealed many problems within the MBRC, the HR Department, staff intimidation, staff job security, relationships problems between Government departments, the loss of public confidence in their Council and many scandals which involved CCC hearings, investigations and even an arrest, with maybe more to come.
It is just outrageous what has been going on behind closed doors at the MBRC.
These are also matters I have spoken about over the last five years and take very seriously and when you highlight the many concerns made by many current and former staff members, some of whom have also got in contact with me to make me aware of what was going on, I am just outraged at what has been going on for the last 12 years since the amalgamation.
I can highlight as a prime example when I did a video interview with Jamie Fry when he was used as a scapegoat and sacked after 12 years loyal service with the MBRC and then asked to sign a confidentially agreement so he wouldn’t reveal what had taken place behind closed doors.
Jamie Fry was very brave in speaking to me about what had happened, many have been too scared to do that.
I can also mention that two senior MBRC staff members (one of whom worked with MBRIT) and also controlled large departments and staff numbers also told me the same thing when they were also dumped from their jobs and I’ve also had numerous current and ex MBRC staff members who have told me about widespread intimidation towards staff members.
This will stop under my watch and new staff systems will be put in place to both monitor performance and also create job security.
I’m very much aware that if elected to Mayor I am about to take on a job that will be starting from scratch and then rebuilding the trust and confidence in both the public and staff who work and live here in Moreton Bay, I want you folks to feel pride that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and also feel as though we are all joining together to contribute to our future.
As I’ve said many times now we are about to take a journey of change together and I’m now excited to see that this may very well happen.
If elected to Mayor I will represent you honestly and passionately,
Candidate for Mayor of Moreton Bay.
Countdown to a change for the better!
The Moreton Bay Regional Council Elections are held every 4 years on the last Saturday of March.
The next Election will be held on 28th Mar 2020, and that will be your opportunity to send a message to the incumbent Mayor.
Vote for change, and a better representative of the people in the entire region.
I’m Eric Shields and I will be running for the position of Mayor of the Moreton Bay Regional Council when the Election is held on the 28th March 2020.
I will end corruption, and make Council work for the people, and I will not do deals of self interest with Developers.
I will work for the Community and make the region a better place.