Look­ing back on 12 months since elec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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

I am proud of the Famile Tours and the way they have brought the com­mu­ni­ties of the North Bur­nett to­gether to pro­mote each other’s towns and sur­rounds. On a per­sonal note, I am proud of my­self for re­al­is­ing early that re­gard­less of what I do, there will al­ways be un­happy peo­ple and that I just have to do the best I can. How do you feel the past 12 months have gone?

I feel we have made head­way but have much more work to do. I am happy with the progress we have made thus far and I am very ex­cited to see what we can achieve in the next three years. What were your big­gest chal­lenges faced dur­ing your first year in coun­cil? Both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally?

Pro­fes­sion­ally – di­vid­ing time be­tween each di­vi­sion in or­der to spend time in com­mu­ni­ties to un­der­stand their needs whilst mak­ing time to ad­dress the is­sues within coun­cil it­self.

Per­son­ally - try­ing to fit in a life. On av­er­age I work 60 -70 hour weeks, with no rou­tine and many night and week­end events. I am mind­ful that al­though I ab­so­lutely love and am ded­i­cated to my job, it’s not my en­tire life.

What are your pri­or­i­ties for the next three years?

A strate­gi­cally fo­cused coun­cil which pro­duces out­comes, that walks the walk and not just talks the talk. Our cor­po­rate plan is about to be re­leased for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion. Our pri­or­i­ties are based around five themes. Within each theme are steps to help us achieve our goals and I’m con­fi­dent the com­mu­nity will see some pos­i­tive changes in the next 12 months.

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

I still think the big­gest sur­prise to me is that peo­ple think that once you’re elected to do the job that some­how you change overnight. One day I was a com­mu­nity mem­ber try­ing to sup­port and help and then next day I was a politi­cian who couldn’t be trusted.

❝ Al­though I ab­so­lutely love and am ded­i­cated to my job, it’s not my en­tire life.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers.

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