Vet­eran knows town’s ‘ins and outs’

Gatton Star - - LOCAL ELECTION -

AF­TER two terms in coun­cil, He­len Bri­eschke be­lieves there’s plenty left to do.

“I ab­so­lutely en­joy help­ing the com­mu­nity and work­ing with the com­mu­nity on projects,” the sit­ting Somerset coun­cil­lor said.

“I think I’ve grown and de­vel­oped with the roles. I’ve got a re­ally good un­der­stand­ing of the com­mu­nity needs.”

In the past two terms, Ms Bri­eschke said the coun­cil’s big achieve­ments had been im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the com­mu­nity, as well as ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects like Fern­vale Sports Park and Kil­coy Race­course up­grades.

The Too­goolawah dairy farmer said it was im­por­tant for her town to have lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion – par­tic­u­larly given how large a ge­o­graph­i­cal area the coun­cil cov­ered.

“My orig­i­nal rea­son (for run­ning) was rep­re­sen­ta­tion – be­cause essen­tially, the cen­tre of the re­gion had no rep­re­sen­ta­tion what­so­ever,” she said.

This still re­main a big rea­son for her, and she said hav­ing a lo­cal coun­cil­lor who knew the “in and outs” of a town was vi­tal.

She said eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment would be the big­gest is­sue fac­ing the re­gion in the com­ing term – es­pe­cially with the “cruel blow” the coro­n­avirus was cur­rently caus­ing.

“It’s go­ing to be quite a mixed bas­ket for the next 12 months at least,” she said.

“The big­gest thing will be at­tract­ing busi­ness out here.”

An­other key is­sue would be up­grades to the Brisbane Val­ley high­way, which she called “the big­gest bane of my ex­is­tence”.

Pic­ture: Nathan Greaves

EAGER: Coun­cil­lor He­len Bri­eschke.

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