‘I’ll bring harmony back to council’: Denton’s bid to return
WITH 15 years experience under her belt, Joy Denton is hoping she can bring harmony back to Maranoa Regional Council should she be elected at the March 28 local government election.
Mrs Denton resigned from council in 2016 due to health concerns, but said she regrets that decision.
“My main reason for standing is because there are so many councillors leaving - there are only three councillors remaining, and I think you need a lot of experience in a council,” she said.
“You can’t just come into council and pick up straight away, you need some mentors.
“I thought since there were only three so I thought I’d give it a try.”
After seven years with Bungil Shire, Mrs Denton was elected to the newly amalgamated Maranoa Regional Council where she served eight years.
“The biggest achievement was coming through that still friends at the end.
“We also in that time had the three worst floods ever recorded,” she said.
“In the next term of council … everybody has to work together and agree to disagree, and still be friends at the end of the day.
“I hate to see this division in council.”
Mrs Denton isn’t making any promises in her election campaign, instead will wait until she has been elected to see how best to advance the region.
“We do need to work together in harmony. There are lots of challenges ahead, and we need to find a way of working through them and moving forward,” she said.
“I don’t promise anything. You only have one vote at that table.
“I have lived in the Maranoa for 59 years, I’m a former grazier and small business owner and I am dedicated to the people of the Maranoa.”
Mrs Denton said a passion of hers was youth engagement, and said council did a great job with holiday programs, but more was needed to support youths the rest of the year.
“I have 12 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids, so I know kids from all ages,” she said.
“I have an understanding of what is happening with our young people, and there’s lots of things that need changing.”
Mrs Denton said there was also a need to promote economic growth and local business, more transparency in council decision making, and supporting smaller satellite communities.