Two Maranoa councillors bowing out next month
JUST two members of the current Maranoa Regional Council have confirmed they will not be running again in the local government elections.
Councillors Joy Denton and Ree Price have announced they will be resigning next month after decades of combined local government experience on various councils.
Cr Denton said she made the decision while she was battling cancer, but added she still thought it was the right choice to make.
“I’d love to [continue serving] and I’m going to miss it but I think 15 years,” she said.
When asked about what she would miss, Cr Denton said she had been proud to represent the people of Injune and the Maranoa.
“I’ll miss being an advocate for the people,” she said.
“You need to be part of the community and some people don’t realise we need the smaller communities represented.”
Cr Price said she left her position with plenty to show for her efforts.
“I’ve just completed my third term...and I think it’s time I gave someone else a go,” she said.
“I can see the direction [council] is taking and I believe we’ve done some really good things.
“The turnaround in the tourism has given me a lot of joy.
“The fact we’re coming into our own and that visitation has improved means the facilities are putting us in the spotlight.”
Councillors Cameron O’Neil, Peter Flynn, Wendy Newman, David Schefe and Jan Chambers all confirmed to the Western Star they would be running again.
Cr Newman highlighted the flood mitigation projects, increased professionalism and efficiency in council and support for volunteer groups as some of the highlights from her last four years.
“The primary thing is I’m so pleased with what we’ve achieved in this term to do with the professionalism and efficiency of how council works,” she said.
“I want to continue enhancing our communication channels, including face-to-face, and to ensure communication channels are available to all residents.”
Cr Schefe said he was running again to further improve spending to the region’s road networks and other essential infrastructure.
“Next term, I’d continue to focus on the infrastructure and I think there will be significant investment required in water, which will link in with our possible geothermal initiative,” he said.
The realisation of the master plans for both Bassett Park and the PCYC Precinct are on the mind of Cr Flynn, who said would love to see the region’s sport and recreation facilities able to support national events.
“When I first started we had no sport and recreation budget – in four years I’ve managed to turn it around,” he said.
“From a sport a recreation point of view I want us to be upgraded to be able to support state and national events in sport.”
Cr Chambers said she would be campaigning on the back of her work with the most recent $169 million budget and as a strong believer in “decentralisation and retention of services to smaller communities”.
“I’m keen to continue the great work in eight years in council,” she said.
Cr O’Neil said he still had plenty to offer the Maranoa community by standing again.
“This was my first term in local government and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge on a daily basis,” he said.
“There’s still more to achieve in my portfolio.
“We’ve done the planning but now is the time to seek the partnership funding, such as for projects at Bassett Park, around the CBD and around parks and gardens.”
Deputy Mayor Scott Wason could not be reached in time for publication.