For­mer bush­man makes bid for coun­cil job

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - JU­LIAN LEHNERT ju­lian.lehnert@cnbtimes.com.au

AF­TER years of com­mu­nity ser­vice, an Eidsvold res­i­dent is tak­ing the next step and run­ning for coun­cil­lor.

Mar­shall Langston, re­tired jacka­roo, leather worker and au­thor of the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Plea­sures of the Bush, will con­test the elec­tion on March 28.

He will po­ten­tially com­pete with in­cum­bent Divi­sion 2 Coun­cil­lor Peter Web­ster.

Mr Langston said he is run­ning be­cause of his love for the re­gion he has called home for more than half a decade.

“I like the com­mu­nity I’m in, and I’m in­ter­ested in do­ing some­thing for it,” he said.

His plans for Eidsvold re­volve around main­tain­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and ap­peal of the town he fell in love with on his trav­els through Queens­land.

“We’ve also got the only airstrip here that is all-weather – it’s not in a flood­wa­ter area. The ones in Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah and Monto will go un­der­wa­ter in a big flood. Ours here would be a hub, but it’s cur­rently gravel. It could do to be up­graded to bi­tu­men.’’

Mr Langston said he had had a fairly pos­i­tive re­sponse to his de­ci­sion to run.

As for chal­leng­ing Cr Web­ster, he is op­ti­mistic.

“I as­sumed that he would run, and that won’t change any­thing,” he said. “I’ve taken some pretty tough chal­lenges over the years. I’m go­ing to give it my best shot.”

Pic­ture: Ju­lian Lehnert

UP FOR A CHAL­LENGE: Mar­shall Langston.

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