APPOINTED DEPUTY CHAIR: Melinda Jones was appointed the deputy chair of the North Burnett’s Local Disaster Management Group. Picture: Contributed
APPOINTED DEPUTY CHAIR: Melinda Jones was appointed the deputy chair of the North Burnett’s Local Disaster Management Group. Picture: Contributed

Cr Jones takes up disaster management 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 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 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 is completely different to anything we’ve experienced before,” Cr Jones said.

“Because 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.

“This training will allow me to operate within the parameters the health department have set out during this pandemic.”

Cr Jones is part of a new-look council for the next four years, being one of five fresh faces on the team.

“We’re completing our training over the next three weeks, which is getting us up to speed on the new legislation changes that occurred last year,” Cr Jones said.

“The majority of us will be coming in fresh, and even though some of us have been council employees, being on the other side of the table is different.

“We’ve outlined all of our values, and they all align together, so we’re all in agreeance that we’re going to have open, honest, and respectful conversations moving forward.”

The North Burnett Regional Council’s next meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 29.


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