Four councillors safely returned
IT WON’T all be new faces in the next Maranoa Regional Council, with four councillors successfully winning re-election.
Jan Chambers, Peter Flynn, David Schefe and Cameron O’Neil were all successfully re-elected, when the election results were officially declared on Wednesday.
Returning councillor Jan Chambers has the most to smile about, winning the most votes out of any councillor.
At 7.9% of the vote as of yesterday, Mrs Chambers said she was very happy “that the community has given me the support for the next four years”.
The Mungallala-based councillor said she wanted flood mitigation for Roma, as well as Mitchell to be a key priority of her next term.
Although she was looking forward to working with the new team, she was not a supporter of Tyson Golder’s proposal to change the structure of council.
“I am very supportive of the organisational structure we already have,” she said.
Roma-based councillor David Schefe was keeping an open mind on Golder’s proposal, and said that he did not hold a firm view at the moment.
“If people present something that has merit that will benefit I would vote for it,” Mr Schefe said.
“You’ve got to give everything a chance.
“Everything will be discussed locally in the council and it will be determined by all 9 of the elected members.”
He said he had his eye on the next council budget, which was due release later this year.
Cameron O’Neil, who is also based in Roma, also said he would look at any proposal to change the structure of the council.
“I am happy to look at all options, and if there is strong enough support around the council table it will happen,” Mr O’Neil said.
While he said that a lot of promises were made during the election, it would be up to all nine elected councillors to assess, and vote on any radical changes.
Mr O’Neil said he wanted to focus on bringing new industries to the Maranoa in his second term.
“We want to attract new industries to town and diversify that base,” he said.
“Economic development of council has really come together in the last term.”
Peter Flynn, from Roma, was also returned and said he was happy to be able to “represent the Maranoa people again”.