Whe­lan al­ways learn­ing, thanks coun­cil em­ploy­ees

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

What are you most proud of achiev­ing over the past year?

I take great pride in the road main­te­nance im­prove­ments the out­side staff are achiev­ing across the re­gion. Thanks goes to our road­works su­per­vi­sors and ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tors who are both staff and lo­cal con­trac­tors.

How do you feel the past 12 months have gone?

The say­ing that you learn some­thing ev­ery­day is so true even for long term coun­cil­lors such as my­self. We had four new coun­cil­lors elected in­clud­ing the mayor and each one of the new team has taught me some­thing. What were your big­gest chal­lenges faced dur­ing your first year in coun­cil? Both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally?

The con­stant chal­lenge for our coun­cil is our low rev­enue base. It is dif­fi­cult to keep rates rises low while our ex­penses con­tinue to es­ca­late. I sup­port our man­age­ment team and each em­ployee who takes pride in their job to serve their com­mu­ni­ties. What are your pri­or­i­ties for the next three years?

Un­doubt­edly my pri­or­ity is to have a new Boyne River bridge built.

Wa­ter re­li­a­bil­ity across the re­gion for our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries is a top eco­nomic driver so I will be de­vot­ing time to this.

Re­ports of an es­ca­la­tion of drug use in our towns is a wor­ry­ing trend so I will be lob­by­ing for ed­u­ca­tion of youth and sup­port for users.

What have been the big­gest sur­prises of the past 12 months?

Sur­prise for this year would be the re­cent Jobs for Queens­land fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment. This has al­lowed us to plan projects that we would not nor­mally be able to fund.

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan.

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