COMMITMENT TO COUNCIL: Cr Paul Lobegeier, Mayor Rachel Chambers, and Cr Faye Whelan at the LGAQ Annual Conference. Picture: Facebook
COMMITMENT TO COUNCIL: Cr Paul Lobegeier, Mayor Rachel Chambers, and Cr Faye Whelan at the LGAQ Annual Conference. Picture: Facebook

North Burnett councillors celebrated for long service

TWO of North Burnett's regional councillors have been recognised for their commitment to their community.

Cr Faye Whelan and Cr Paul Lobegeier received long service awards for their time in local government, for over 15 years and 30 years respectively.

Held at the Cairns Convention Centre, the Local Government Annual Association has their conference each year to discuss issues of importance to local communities.

For both members, their motives for originally joining the council are similar, as they both wanted to serve the people and deliver projects to make their lives easier.

Cr Whelan joined in 2004, on the back of three projects she wished to achieve for the North Burnett Region.

These promises were to upgrade the Mundubbera aerodrome for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to seal the Gayndah-Mundubbera roads, and to lobby the state and federal governments to fund a replacement for the John Peterson Bridge over the Boyne River.

She believes she has delivered on all three, saying they have a commitment from federal to provide $20 million for the bridge project.

"I've been very fortunate in my career to have been able to achieve some of my desires for the region," Cr Whelan said.

"I've worked with a lot of really good mayors and councillors, and have been able to achieve the bringing together of those councils."

Referring to the region's amalgamation in 2008, she states even though it was a challenge, she was proud "to not only represent Mundubbera, but the whole Burnett".

For Cr Lobegeier, he originally ran his first campaign at the age of 24, simply titled "turn the lights on for division six in Monto shire", a project to connect properties in the area to main power.

Since then he couldn't pin down particular milestones over his time in office, but believes it's a collection of things.

"Over the years my sense of achievement is we've been able to successfully lobby to other tiers of government when necessary," Cr Lobegeier said.

Whether it was fixing roads, bridges, or maintaining services, he believes these are milestones for him.

"I'm also proud of how our council responded to the seven washes we've had in eight years.

"Through this we've been able to influence government, and change their philosophies to better handle things."

As for the next election, who will be running?

Cr Faye said would most likely make her final decision at Christmas time, but as of this moment she would be running again.

As for Cr Lobegeier, he is still undetermined.


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