The newly elected Council; Front, L-R: Mayor Shaun (Zoro) Radnedge, Cr Robert Eckel. Back L-R: Cr Peter (Red) Alexander, Cr Michael McKellar, Cr Paul Taylor.
The newly elected Council; Front, L-R: Mayor Shaun (Zoro) Radnedge, Cr Robert Eckel. Back L-R: Cr Peter (Red) Alexander, Cr Michael McKellar, Cr Paul Taylor.

FIRST WEEK: Push for new flight, battling COVID-19

‘CHALLENGING but rewarding, that’s how the newly elected Murweh mayor Shaun ‘Zoro’ Radnedge described his first week in the top job.

Cr Radnedge said since being officially elected last Thursday, April 9 it’s been an eye-opening experience especially due to unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19.

“Seeing and speaking to the locals and understanding the impact it’s having on the region is a real eye-opening and interesting experience,” Cr Radnedge said.

“The whole travelling over Easter and hearing members of the community having reservations about tourists visiting the area.

“And the effects on the local economy – that will be the biggest challenge for council to manage.”

Throughout the past week, the mayor has been in touch with the state and federal government about Qantas adding another service in and out of Charleville.

“At this stage, we just have one service at the beginning of the week,” he said.

“But we are now working with Federal government and REX Airlines to add another service at the end of the week.

“We haven’t heard anything as of yet but our communities need these essential services, especially during this tough time.

“It’s been rewarding working with Minister Mark Bailey and David Littleproud – we wouldn’t have made any decent ground without them.”

Council met for a Statutory meeting last Thursday to discuss their 12-month and four-year plan to push the community forward.

“The biggest aim we discussed, is sustainability and to push forwards, not backwards,” he said.

“It was good to see people stay home over Easter and buy local – IGA was packed over the weekend.

“We need to continue to buy local, therefore creating more job opportunities in town.

“We need to be available for our businesses, like the caravan parks and let them know about assistance they can access from the government to remain sustainable.”

Council will meet again in two weeks for their first official general meeting.

For now, Cr Radnedge said it’s been encouraging that the Murweh Shire is one of the few places to have a case of COVID-19 and applauds the community for their assistance.


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