Rural neglect spurs Leslie Hotz to run for council
BELIEVING the rural area of division two is being neglected, former council worker Leslie Hotz has decided to take action.
The Three Moon resident has just announced his candidacy for the North Burnett Regional Council elections, slated to take place on March 28.
Working for council for 47 years has gifted Mr Hotz with the knowledge and experience that he believes will help him run the division.
His intention to run has been a long time coming, saying he’d like the region to maintain what it had already.
“Our communities can’t afford to put new infrastructure in, and we need to be able maintain our existing water, sewerage, and roads,” Mr Hotz said.
“We’re struggling to do that now, and I think instead of looking outside that box, we need to stay focused on what we do have.”
Mr Hotz has a passion for his local community and wants to address issues raised by constituents, no matter where they live.
From his point of view, it appears that the rural sector of division two is missing out on representation from the “incumbent councillor”.
After working out on his property on Three Moon in the last five years since he’s left council, he has become “frustrated” with how things “weren’t happening”.
“I believe that our federal and state governments can fund local governments better and representation needs to be made to them.
“And we need to be looking after our community, rather then seeing them fall apart, and become one horse towns.”
In his 47 years with the Monto Shire Council and North Burnett Regional Council, Mr Hotz has done it all.
He’s held positions in accounting, rates, and timekeeping, even holding positions as the deputy shire clerk, and the Monto Shire CEO from 1994-2008.
Following amalgamation, he served as the director of corporate services, before leaving in 2014.
Now he has emerged to ensure several things happen if he is elected.
“I’ll endeavour to keep our local workforce employed in each of our communities.
“I want to maintain what infrastructure we have and not burden the ratepayer with unnecessary changes.”
Above all, he wants to be approachable and extend his help to those in the rural parts of the division, such as Kalpowar, Bancroft, Mungungo, Moonford, Abercorn, and Eidsvold.
Liaising with the entire community is important to the division two candidate and he believes all councillors need to work together.
“They’ve got to pull together as a team and be a cohesive group to make everything work together.
“And I’ll be here to make sure people know that I’m available to assist them.”