Current Murweh Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Annie Liston, is taking the plunge and running for Mayor this March election.
She is one of three candidates so far to put their hand up, with Mayor Denis Cook rerunning and John Jones also putting forward his candidacy.
For Annie, she says running for Mayor is simply because she is passionate about the community she has lived in all her life.
“I’ve lived in the Shire all my life. I’ve worked for Queensland Health for 45 years, I’m passionate about the Shire and the people in it and I do whatever I can to make things happen.
“I’m very excited about running for Mayor. I’ve been in council for six years now. I’ve had four years as Deputy Mayor which I have enjoyed thoroughly, working with the team that’s in there at the moment.
“I’ve got a lot to offer, my commitment is with the residents of the Shire,” she says.
For all three candidates the future of young people in this town is one of the big issues, and Annie was impressed with some of the ideas brought up at the recent Think Fest.
“We need to think about the youth in the town.
“Some very good suggestions were brought up at the Think Fest, I think a PCYC centre would be a bonus to the town, to give the young ones skills and keep them involved.
“I want to continue to work on our wild dog issue because that’s a big problem in our Shire.
“But I think the main thing with Council that I would like to see us do better, is to communicate with the residents with our Shire to let them know exactly what’s going on,” says Annie.
Annie says being a part of the Council for the last six years has been great, and so much has been achieved in that time.
“We’ve had a lot of achievements, we’ve got a new Cultural Centre, we’ve got an Arts Centre in the process, we’ve had a new gym put in at Morven, we’ve had repairs to a couple of units in Augathella, and there has been lots of new works and repairs done on our roads.
“We’ve been very, very lucky to have had all those things done.
“A couple of projects which I wouldn’t mind seeing through is the Geothermal plant and I’m passionate about new jobs and growth, so starting another industry in our Shire would be wonderful,” she adds.
We’ll be following the progress being made by Annie, current Mayor Denis Cook and John Jones.
For more on Annie, Denis and John’s key election issues you can see the drill down and developments in this week’s The Next 4 election wrap, which will follow the Charleville Regional Report.
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