MP bumps Burnett
Mayor left ‘disappointed’ by newsletter
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.