MEET YOUR CANDIDATE: Susan Payne to run for division 3
AFTER arriving here in the mid-1980s, Mundubbera has always been a special place for division three council candidate Susan Payne.
"When I first came from Brisbane I was quite young," Mrs Payne said.
"It was a good place, Mundubbera, it was a very social town. The bottom pub would be packed, all the way from the front bar out to the back bar, and onto the footpath."
Upon her arrival to the North Burnett, she had aspirations of being the first female bank manager at what used to be Westpac, where she started on her arrival.
"After being here for a while, the people were just so nice and I took an immediate shining to the town," she said.
"I ended up staying, and I've been here ever since."
Now living on her cattle grazing property in Monogorilby with her husband Rick and her two children on the western border of division three, Mrs Payne has been an integral part of town for 35 years.
"When you work in a bank you're asked to take on volunteer roles, so I started community work, and that's continued since then," she said.
"I've never been not doing anything."
Her community work has seen her in roles such as the inaugural treasurer of the Blue Nurses, the board of the Bendigo Bank, part of Mundubbera Netball, secretary of the Mundubbera Show, treasurer of the local football club, part of the Monogorilby hall committee and the P & C.
She currently holds the position of chair at the North Burnett Community Service, as well as working part time as a school administration at the Monogorilby State School.
So what has spurred Mrs Payne to compete in the local council election in March of this year?
"I had no intention whatsoever until November of 2018, when I was approached to be the chair at the North Burnett Community Service," she said.
"That role took me back into the town, and while I was there I started talking to more people, listening to them, looking at things, and finding out that my services could be of use if I stood for council."
Mrs Payne confesses that finances and people are her forte, and believes a "fresh pair of eyes" is exactly what division three needs.
If she was to be elected in March, there are three things she would want to bring to table for her term, starting with rural roads.
"We need to get across the entire region, and not just centre, I feel that outlying people are forgotten a bit.
"You ask anyone in rural areas and they'll say the same, it's because of our roads."
Water levels on the Boyne River is a priority for the region according to Mrs Payne, something that is important to her.
"Water security on the Boyne is critical to the town, because without the water, we don't have the crops, we don't have the backpackers, and we don't have the economy."
More community consultation would then be on Mrs Payne's agenda, believing funds on community projects could be better spent in other parts of the region.
So why should you vote for Mrs Payne?
"I would work to the best of my ability, and acknowledge the work the previous workers have done for the council," she said.
"I'll be a face of new ideas, and I'm willing to put my hand up, have a go, and be a voice for the community."
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