Tough year makes deputy stronger
Faye faced the loss of her husband and an election
IT HAS been a tough year for North Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Faye Whelan.
The division three councillor’s year got off to a tragic start with the loss of her husband Dan Whelan on January 23.
“We were a good team for a number of years,” Faye said.
“He was always a good ear to listen when I needed to talk or let off steam... I miss that.
“It was a challenge not having him there to let off steam to, when some things might make me angry.”
Faye said she had to keep busy to get through her loss.
“Though I think I probably haven’t fully processed my loss yet because I have been so busy,” she said.
“These things, they are character building.”
This year was also an election year for the council and despite a change of mayor and several other councillors, Faye, who had been a councillor for 13 years, went unchallenged in her role as the division three councillor. She was also re-elected as deputy mayor.
“Learning to work with the new councillors was challenging,” she said.
“However I’m very happy with the council I’m now working with, even though I appreciate the previous council.”
She said her highlight in the council for 2016 was finally getting some major road upgrades completed.
“To get the people actually calling me saying what a great job our workforce are doing, it’s made my life a lot happier,” she said.
“What I’ve strived for for a number of years is actually happening.”
Because of this, she said she was not yet ready to hang up her council boots just yet.
“It’s too early to say, but it will depend on the Boyne River Bridge,” she said.
“I always said I wasn’t going to retire until I can achieve a new Boyne River Bridge.”
Faye said she believed she would not have made it through the year without the support of her family.
“The Whelan family, we are like a clan, I always refer to my family as a clan,” she said.
“We work so closely together; we gain strength from one another.
“I put my family and my community before myself, but in saying that, that is what got me through this year.”
She said she also thought of the wider Mundubbera and North Burnett community as part of her family.
“The Mundubbera community is a community of doers, of workers,” she said.
The Whelan family, we are like a clan... we gain strength from one another. — Faye Whelan
BUSY WOMAN: As well as being deputy mayor, Faye Whelan owns the Spinning Wheel boutique and also the Pots and Posies florist.