Whelan always learning, thanks council employees
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.