Beauty, growth on agenda for aspiring councillor
DETERMINED to see growth and beautification of the region she has grown to call home, Leen Kindt is hoping to hold a seat in the next term of Maranoa Regional Council.
Despite being born in West-Flanders, Belgium, Ms Kindt moved to Australia 20 years ago, and has spent the past seven in the Maranoa. In that time, she has grown passionate about the people and this region.
Now, she has joined the race for council ahead of next month’s Local Government elections, and at the top of her agenda is growth and beautification.
“I believe in showcasing our values, our history and our resources, for all the residents in our community and to attract tourists to our towns, to put us on the map,” Ms Kindt said.
“I believe in attracting higher education facilities, to keep our children in this region and to give mature students more options to educate and to find better jobs in our local community.
“I believe in fair rates for businesses, agriculture as well as town-based, and home owners. And reasonable, acceptable ways to pay those rates, as well as adjusting rates when our region is facing tough times.”
Ms Kindt said she also believed in giving first chance opportunities to local businesses, with a keen focus on local people finding sustainable employment.
Ms Kindt graduated as a physiotherapist in 1988, and since then has worked in many different roles. Since moving to Australia, she has worked predominately in Allied Health, running various exercise groups and as a remedial massage therapist.
“I have always put ‘helping people’ on the top of my list throughout the different roles in my career,” she said.
“I believe in continuing professional and personal development, to be able to work and cope with our forever changing responsibilities and laws, as leaders in our community.”
Ms Kindt said if she was elected in the next Maranoa Regional Council, she would dedicate time to each town and its people.
“I pledge to listen to and make note of residents’ and rate payers’ desires, grievances and compliments, to bring to the table and discuss with all members of our team, and above all, to report back to all members of our electorate of the decisions made,” she said.
“I also pledge to educate myself in areas I am less familiar with to be able to communicate issues in those areas back to council.
“Above all, if elected, I would like to be the voice of the people, through the people, and for the people of this region.”