BSocSc, GDipMgt, GDipStratStuds, AdvDipProjMgt, GAICD, jssc, psc
I WAS ELECTED MAYOR of the Southern Downs Regional Council in 2016. I have shaped a transformational agenda for the local economy, strengthening our communities and striving to deliver both short- and long-term water solutions.
I WANT TO enhance the livability of our towns and their surrounding districts - improve water security, foster new and existing business, encourage new residents and more tourists to strengthen and grow the local economy.
SO FAR, I HAVE ACHIEVED - strong financial management over these four years:
limited rate rises to just 2% - lowest in the region in more than a decade;
delivered four consecutive budget surpluses;
continued to pay-down inherited Council debt by over $12million in just four years; and
attracted substantial government funding, delivering more development and community projects than ever before.
I STRONGLY BELIEVE that Council is for the whole community. I have kept our Council independent: I have stood-up to those who would seek to make it political, to represent one element over others or, worse, self-interest.
I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR YOUTH: They are our future.
I established the Southern Downs Youth Council to make sure we listen to our young people; build communities where they want to stay when they finish school, or where they want to return to raise a family.
Prior to election as Mayor I enjoyed an extensive career in both public and private sectors:
TWENTY years in the Australian Army in Intelligence, Training and Command appointments;
EIGHT years in project management in the private sector in Australia and overseas;
THREE years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, before moving to
RURAL INDUSTRY-based private enterprise in South Australia and Queensland.
In all, I have spent 40 years of my life living and working in rural communities.
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