TK and Lofty – gone fishin’
AFTER almost a lifetime of serving his country and community Lofty Wendt has decided not to seek re-election as the North Burnett Regional Council Division 6 councillor.
Cr Wendt said he had spent 30 years in the military.
"After returning to Biggenden I was employed for 12 years by then Biggenden Council as a noxious weeds officer," he said.
"With a further 12 years as a councillor, I have only had 18 years of my life to myself."
Lofty said it wasn't an easy decision to retire.
"One of my main goals was to get young people into council," he said.
"Secondly I am now 72 year of age.
"Add a council term onto that at 76 I am in the cycle of life when you are fine one week and ill the next."
Cr Wendt said he had received some good news last week in relation to programs through Stronger Communities.
"Funding has been received for the cleaning of the war memorials at Biggenden and Degilbo.
"The construction of a pergola between the rose gardens in Edward St, opposite Biggenden Newsagency has also attracted funding."
Cr Wendt said he would inform the new councillor of what projects were presently in the pipeline and not finalised.
This Saturday Cr Wendt and wife Wynsome will host a barbecue at Lions Park as a personal thank you to the indoor staff who has supported him during his term in council.
Cr Wendt said he looked forward to spending more time fishing and taking his faithful dog TK on some extra walks.
A foundation member of the 8th Battalion, Cr Wendt is excited about attending its 50th anniversary in August.
Highlight of your time in Local Government:
Winning three elections.
1. Seeing the development of the Horton St sub-division which is now filled with beautiful homes.
2. Acquiring additional land to extend Caravan Park.
3. New culverts for Cheese Factory Rd.
4. New cabins for Caravan Park.
5. Acquiring railway land for the men's shed.
In eight years the council has not built one piece of money-making infrastructure eg: Paradise Dam Caravan Park.
Were you surprised you were able to do something?
It takes a team effort. You can't do it on your own.
Is any particular decision a memory above the rest?
The rebuilding of Mingo Crossing Recreational Facility twice in three years due to the floods.
Worst decision by NBRC:
Construction of the RM Williams Centre at Eidsvold. Due to a change in government at the time and not all funding was forthcoming. This complex is an enormous cost to ratepayers each year as the return on investment is not sufficient to cover the running costs of the centre.
What will you miss?
The people. Being able to help people gives you great satisfaction.
What you won't miss:
Being a councillor is a thankless job.
What is on Lofty's bucket list for the future?
One is to catch more of his favourite fish, flathead and with wife Wynsome and TK to travel around this magnificent country - catching fish of course!