Councillor confirms he won’t seek re-election
NORTH Burnett division five councillor John Bowen has confirmed he won’t be seeking re-election in the March 2020 local government elections.
Cr Bowen served two four-year terms as councillor.
Prior to his election to the North Burnett Regional Council, Cr Bowen worked for Gayndah and Perry Shire Councils in field roles.
Cr Bowen said he was “happy” with what he’s achieved for the North Burnett and his division five, one of the largest council divisions, consisting not only of Mount Perry but a huge swathe of land which stretches down to Gayndah and up to the east of Monto.
He said the biggest wins he’s been able to secure for division five include the Mount Perry Skate Park, the Heusman St footpath, the cycleway from the hospital to near the cemetery and the 5km of bitumen he’s secured for Mount Steadman Rd, which links Gooroolba to Gayndah Mount Perry Rd.
From a region-wide perspective, he was “very proud” of the way council dealt with the natural disasters which wracked the region during his first term (2012-16), earning what he said were “top ticks” from the State authorities.
Cr Bowen said the most difficult aspect of being a councillor is deciding on annual rate rises and explaining to the community why they’re necessary.
He said he always tried to be open with his constituents about council’s financial position, explaining what council could and could not do realistically with its funding.