CANDIDATE: Young hinterland dad Ben Child is running for Division 5 in the council election in March.
CANDIDATE: Young hinterland dad Ben Child is running for Division 5 in the council election in March.

Young dad’s dream to help deliver for his new home

A FATHER-of-two who shifted from Sydney to secure a better lifestyle for his family is ready to do even more to help his newest community.

Ben Child has confirmed he will contest the hinterland seat of Division 5 being vacated by departing Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay.

Montville-based Mr Child will line up at the March 28 election seeking to help secure better recognition of the hinterland’s importance to the region’s economy.

He said he hoped to have the area’s role in driving tourism properly acknowledged, with infrastructure and pathways to flow more freely from council coffers to the division.

“We’re literally half an hour away from Maroochydore,” he said.

He said the issues were “a bit of a mixed bag” across such a large division, but feedback he’d had through his community work indicated the hot topics were infrastructure, connectivity on the National Broadband Network, medical services and how to maximise the benefits of tourism.

Mr Child said the communities were eager to entice young families to the area, and while maintaining lifestyle was important, it was vital not to protect it to the point that it stopped people visiting or moving to the area.

“Everyone’s welcoming, everyone goes at their own pace,” he said.

He said the diversity across the division was a strength of the area and he was excited by the prospect of getting around to the “pockets of communities”.

“I see it as a positive challenge,” Mr Child said.

He said it was important that some change continued to happen, but it didn’t have to be “large or drastic”.

“You’ve always got to be of a view that we can’t rest on our laurels,” Mr Child said.

He moved to the area four years ago with his wife and their children, and Mr Child has been involved in community work and part-time work for a conservation charity since the relocation.