MP bumps Bur­nett

Mayor left ‘dis­ap­pointed’ by news­let­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers has some stern words for Flynn MP, Ken O’Dowd, after the North Bur­nett failed to rate a men­tion in his news­let­ter this week.

“I was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed by the lack of North Bur­nett con­tent in Mr O’Dowd’s news­let­ter. I un­der­stand that Mr O’Dowd’s re­gion is im­mense tak­ing in not only the North Bur­nett re­gion but also Glad­stone, Cen­tral High­lands, Ba­nana Shire, Woora­binda Abo­rig­i­nal Shire Coun­cil, a small part of Bund­aberg and South Bur­nett, how­ever I be­lieve rep­re­sen­ta­tives at any level should make a point of rep­re­sent­ing their re­gion in full and in earnest,” Cr Cham­bers said.

Ear­lier this year, Mr O’Dowd vis­ited the North Bur­nett for a tour of health fa­cil­i­ties.

Cr Cham­bers said only two in­fra­struc­ture projects re­lated to the North Bur­nett were men­tioned in the news­let­ter.

“I was most dis­ap­pointed that out of 12 com­mit­ted in­fra­struc­ture projects only two were slightly North Bur­nett-based – be­ing the 24 mo­bile black spot tow­ers (of which we re­ceived three in three rounds of fund­ing) and the Wide Bay Jobs and In­no­va­tion project (which is a com­pet­i­tive grants process for busi­ness and in­dus­try which closed on July 31),” Mayor Cham­bers said.

Cr Cham­bers recog­nised the North Bur­nett did not sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to vot­ing num­bers, but pointed to the re­gion’s value.

“We don’t make up vot­ing num­bers how­ever we do con­trib­ute to Gross Re­gional Prod­uct more than the av­er­age Queens­lan­der ($67,239 per capita vs $65,825),” Cr Cham­bers said.

Mr O’Dowd has been con­tacted for com­ment.

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