Cr Jones takes up new role
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.