THE COUNCIL’S YEAR IN REVIEW
Looking back on 12 months since election
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.