North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers. Photo Tobi Loftus / Central & North Burnett Times
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers. Photo Tobi Loftus / Central & North Burnett Times Tobi Loftus

Learn more about North Burnett's new Mayor

THE North Burnett has a new mayor, but just who is Rachel Chambers?

"If I had to sum myself up, I'm probably quite a multifaceted woman," she said.

"I've done various things in my life.

"I'm a hard-working, fearless ideas woman who loves people."

Cr Chambers grew up in Springwood, a suburb in Logan, south of Brisbane.

From there, she has moved around the country.

"I was married to a builder at 18," Cr Chambers said.

"We moved 30 times in the first 10 years of our marriage; we followed the work over Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"I worked out very quickly that I had to be able to form a relationship with people quickly in order to survive."

Those 10 years moving around, as well as overseas travel, taught Cr Chambers "we are all human".

"It doesn't matter where we live, what we do for a living, or what we like to do on the weekend, we all have this fundamental humanness about us," she said.

"One of the important things for me about representing the North Burnett is that I change the perception that we're any different out here.

"I have to work out a way of letting the coast know we are the same people, we enjoy and want the same things (they) do.

"But hey, we live in this amazing part of the world where there's no traffic and there are amazing sights. Out here we have the best of both worlds."

Cr Chamber has run several businesses throughout her lifetime and said those experiences would help her in the North Burnett's top job.

"I have a passion for business and that has led me to various experiences in my life," she said.

"I started three start-up businesses from scratch, two manufacturing and one hospitality.

"I've also been a manager of an IT business and a tourism hospitality business."

Cr Chambers, who has four children, is passionate about growing the number of youth in the region.

She said the North Burnett had quite a low unemployment rate compared to neighbouring regions, though more had to be done to bring young people to the area.

"We have lost so much youth over the years because we don't offer them opportunities," she said.

"When I went around and spoke to the some of the people who have been here for 40 or 50 years, they said every Friday night there was a dance and everyone would come to it.

"Many husbands and wives came out of those dances.

"I look around now and we don't offer our youth any of that.

"I'm talking to some big education facilities south of us about exchange programs for work experience so we can break down the barriers of regional versus coast for youth."

Cr Chambers plans to have students of veterinary sciences, plumbing, and electricians come out so they can experience elements of their profession other than "household plumbing, or cats and dogs with vets".

"We're talking about bringing them out so they can do cattle and horses and do farm irrigation," she said.

"I would like more coastal people to see regional areas as something great as opposed to something a little too different."


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