Mayor takes flight

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers took her fight for the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett to Can­berra

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers has re­cently re­turned from a lob­by­ing trip in Bris­bane and Can­berra.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Deputy Mayor FayeWhe­lan, Cr Cham­bers met with var­i­ous State and Fed­eral politi­cians from all sides of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

“We spent a cou­ple of days in Bris­bane at Par­lia­ment House meet­ing with some min­is­ters and the peo­ple with money,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Work­ing out a way to get some of that money back into the re­gion.”

“Then we went to Can­berra for a Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment con­ven­tion where I learnt that un­less that you have a big voice you won't stand out from the crowd.”

Cr Cham­bers said it was im­por­tant to lobby State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, as well as can­di­dates, as you never know what could hap­pen on July 2.

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause we don't know un­til next week who we will have to have a re­la­tion­ship with to best ben­e­fit the re­gion,” she said.

“It's about es­tab­lish­ing re­la­tion­ships and lob­by­ing early to get on their radar.

“And it's about play­ing pol­i­tics, I al­ways knew that you had to play pol­i­tics, but it's new to me how widely one plays pol­i­tics and it's new to me how much I en­joy pol­i­tics.”

She said she has met with all the ma­jor can­di­dates for the seat of Flynn at the fed­eral elec­tion.

“Each meet­ing has con­sol­i­dated the idea to me that you need a good el­e­va­tor pitch when you meet some­one and you have a cou­ple of min­utes with them,” she said.

“You need to put for­ward really good busi­ness plans to get money.

“Like ev­ery­thing in life, things are achieved with re­la­tion­ships.

“The squeaky wheel gets the oil and you have to be seen, and you have to be in front of them.”

In a meet­ing with Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion leader Bill Shorten on Satur­day, Cr Cham­bers said she be­lieved she made a last­ing im­pres­sion on the leader.

“Bill Shorten said to me ‘well Rachel you have cer­tainly put the North Bur­nett on the map’,” she said.

“If Bill Shorten wasn't aware of the North Bur­nett be­fore Sun­day, he cer­tainly is now.”

Cr Cham­bers also met with our lo­cal coun­cil lead­ers in­clud­ing Lo­gan City Coun­cil mayor Luke Smith and Bund­aberg Mayor Jack Dempsey.

“I just want ev­ery politi­cian to know where we are and what we need,” she said.

“For too long re­gional ar­eas have been in the back of politi­cians’ minds.

“It’s time for them to be in the front of peo­ples minds.

“Metro ar­eas are over­pop­u­lated (and) if we got a small per­cent­age mov­ing out here it would solve a lot of our is­sues.”

Cr Cham­bers also met with peo­ple who will likely in­vest in the re­gion.

She also said she put the North Bur­nett up for sev­eral pilot pro­grams.

Rachel Cham­bers: I learnt that un­less that you have a big voice you won't stand out from the crowd

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