Mayor too keen on job to give it away

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

A MEET­ING be­tween Mayor Don Waugh and Chi­nese del­e­gates spurred the mayor to take back his of­fice.

“Now I am feel­ing like I am back in the sad­dle with all the help I need to come back and get into it again,” Cr Waugh said.

Cr Waugh told the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times this week that he was not go­ing to run any marathons, but he was feel­ing well enough to do the job he was elected to do after open-heart surgery in Septem­ber.

“I went to Par­lia­ment House last week to have a lunch meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion from China,” Cr Waugh said.

“I have been look­ing for­ward to this op­por­tu­nity to sit down with the min­is­ter and heads of gov­ern­ment for two years,” he said.

The lunch-time meet­ing was about trade and de­vel­op­ment that can af­fect the re­gion’s fu­ture.

The Chi­nese are look­ing for ev­ery op­por­tu­nity now that the bar­ri­ers are com­ing down, and it could be an op­por­tu­nity for trade with the North Bur­nett re­gion.

“After this meet­ing and the trip down to Bris­bane and back, I de­cided that I could re­turn to work with­out over­do­ing it, of course,” he said.

“My doc­tors have said to lis­ten to my body and if things aren’t right, just knock off and rest.”

Cr Waugh said he felt he had a job to do and couldn’t stay away.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

DON IS BACK: Mayor Don Waugh steps out, feel­ing fine, to go back to work be­fore Christ­mas.

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