Cr Jones takes up new role

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER

THE newly ap­pointed deputy chair of the Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Group has taken take the reins dur­ing an un­prece­dented health cri­sis.

Divi­sion 1 coun­cil­lor Melinda Jones was voted into her new po­si­tion dur­ing the North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil’s first meet­ing fol­low­ing the elec­tion.

A vote be­tween coun­cil­lors and the CEO led to Cr Jones’ se­lec­tion, while Divi­sion 6 coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel was cho­sen as the deputy mayor.

Af­ter pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in dis­as­ter roles in coun­cil, Cr Jones said she was ready to be brought up to speed for her new po­si­tion.

“This dis­as­ter (the Covid-19 pan­demic) is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to any­thing we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,” Cr Jones said.

“Nor­mally the lo­cal dis­as­ter group and coun­cil are the ones who lead, whereas in this event, Queens­land Health are the lead agency.”

In Cr Jones’ past po­si­tions in coun­cil, she was em­ployed as the di­aster re­silience of­fi­cer, build­ing com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity in re­sponse to a dis­as­ter, and also worked with the Monto Dis­as­ter Sub-Group.

“In th­ese roles I was help­ing the com­mu­nity af­ter the dis­as­ter had hap­pened, so for this role there’ll be a bit learn­ing,” she said.

Cr Jones is part of a newlook coun­cil that will lead the re­gion for the next four years, be­ing one of five fresh faces on the team.

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