Broadbeach Councillor Paul Taylor has announced that he won’t be running in the next Council election, bringing an end to his eight year stint at city hall.
After some medical news in the last 48 hours, Councillor Taylor says he can’t spend the next four years in Council, but that he’s doing fine now.
“I’d love to stand in the next election, but I’ve spoken to my doctors I’ve got a medical condition.
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“I’m okay, perfect at the moment, but what would happen in four years time is another thing.
“It’s not that bad, but when you come to my age and you’ve got a big family, you’ve got to make some sort of decision,” Councillor Taylor said.
Councillor Taylor will continue on with usual Council duties until campaigning for the election ramps up at the end of February, when he’ll slowly step back from the roll.
While he hasn’t thrown his support behind a successor, he’s warned them not to underestimate the job.
“My advice would be to continue on, just work hard and put the hours into it.
“People might not think a councillor works a lot of hours, but you could work 68 hours a week.
“One of the biggest things I was for – and I still am – is the cruise ship terminal.
“I believe people want a cruise ship terminal, I believe we need the people to come here – we need the tourism.
“I’d also be looking at a ski lift up to the hinterland too,” Councillor Taylor said.
Councillor Taylor says he has no regrets from his time at Council, particularly proud of the Commonwealth Games, bringing down the city’s debt and his work across Broadbeach.
“Getting the Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club going, also the Bulletin Park there – we talked The Star into redoing that – spending $2 million on that.
“And beautifying all the roundabouts in Broadbeach, and we just made Broadbeach a place that people want to come to.
“I’ve worked very hard with the alliances, you know with the country music festival and so forth, and I think it’s really made Broadbeach now one of the most outstanding – or the outstanding area – of the Gold Coast,” he said.
The 2020 Council Election takes place on March 28.