CQ News Local Government election coverage introduces you to six of the candidates fighting for a spot on the Barcaldine Regional Council. Meet the candidates and find out what prompted them to run and what they feel the biggest issues facing the Galilee Basin region are.
Service provision and jobs are crucial - Gary Peoples
GARY Peoples is committed to maintaining employment in all Barcaldine Regional Council towns as employment is vital to the economic and social fabric of each.
If elected, he said he would fight to maintain and enhance all services within the region, paying special attention to health care, roads, community infrastructure, emergency services, education, primary industries, aged care, the racing industry and clubs and organisations.
"I will deliver a personalised service to all across the council region and do my utmost to develop a culture of listening to the electorate and then taking pride in a quick response," Mr Peoples said.
"I give a commitment to all residents that there will never be any doubt of my willingness and conviction to stand up for the people I represent.
"On election day I ask for the opportunity to represent you as a councillor."
Mr Peoples was a councillor on the Aramac Council for 14 years.
He served eight as mayor.
He said he had been involved in numerous boards and organisations for the past 20 years across the region.
Building community and lifting facilities - Jenni Gray
JENNI Gray has nominated again to be a Barcaldine Regional Council because she believes in the future of all communities in the region.
"I strongly believe in the preservation of history in all our communities, strengthening our communities and providing facilities for all who wish to live in their own towns for as long as they desire," Mrs Gray said.
"From 2008-2012 I have been an elected member of the Barcaldine Regional Council whom ensured all planning, applied and approved funding in the pre amalgamated councils were carried out.
"If re-elected I will continue to strengthen our communities allowing them to further develop and prosper with a regional council that will show leadership.
"I will encourage development while also producing a sustainable environment.
"I promise to review and develop classification and prioritisation of rural crossings and bridges and ensure extended and improved services.
"I will continue to source available funding for priority infrastructure… and ensure all communities are always informed of the resource industry development."
Diverse challenges need unique action - Irene Clews
WE ARE a big region with diverse challenges and I believe I can step up and represent the residents and their interests.
The delivery of our needs requires effective decision making and I want to be part of those decisions.
Each community in the Barcaldine Regional Council area has its own uniqueness and I believe it is important to maintain that and that is something I will fight for.
Alpha is facing, and will continue to face, challenges of growth with the emerging resources industry being developed in the region.
I believe the council needs to play an important and hands-on role in managing and looking after that growth.
There is currently not a single permanent doctor in the entire BRC area. That is simply not good enough and, if elected, I will lobby for this to be changed.
I also believe it is important to retain the workforces for businesses throughout the region and keep on top of rural roads.
I am an Alpha resident and have been so since 1969. I have a wealth of local knowledge and would be honoured to represent your interests as a councillor.
Team effort needed to find local answers - Sidney De Landelles
BEING a local with hands-on knowledge and experience I, Sidney De Landelles, see the problems facing council which can be amended by a team effort to make a better council for all.
I would like to be part of the team solving the problems facing our region.
We need doctors and ambulance officers permanently based and dentists and allied health services to frequently visit each of our communities.
The condition of all rural roads and highways and main roads in the BRC region is extremely important.
We need to improve and maintain water supply, urban streets and footpaths to build community spirit and encourage tourism.
We need to work co-operatively with the mining companies to ensure that each of our communities within the BRC is benefited and not disadvantaged.
We need to enhance sporting, recreational and tourism facilities.
Barcaldine TAFE needs to be re-established to provide residents with educational and technical opportunities.
And I will fight for equal growth and opportunities for each community in the area.
Executive expertise grounded in country - Gerry Fogarty
GERRY Fogarty is passionate about Barcaldine and the surrounding region.
"I have lived and worked in Barcaldine for over 50 years," he said. "I am a proud Aboriginal and Bidjara person - one of the Frazer family, the recognised custodians of Iningai country that covers most of the area of the Barcaldine Regional Council."
Mr Fogarty has worked for the Department of Transport and Main Roads for 43 years, the last 15 of which as a manager.
"I gained a thorough understanding and knowledge of government policies, budgets and regulations relating to local government, and how to work with different interest groups," he said.
"I am confident that I will be able to apply these skills and knowledge as a Councillor for the Barcaldine Regional Council.
"I am well known throughout the Central West through many years playing and being involved in rugby league, bowls and horse racing.
"I will work to ensure that regional and local services and infrastructure are maintained, improved and expanded as well as protected against any harmful effects from mining."
Focus on people in rapid growth times - Greg Mole
I, GREG Mole, would like to become a councillor to represent the people of the five communities within the Barcaldine Regional Council and help our communities prosper and grow while staying safe.
I believe in the need to employ local people and shop in local businesses to enable our towns to survive and grow.
Our Galilee Basin is preparing for the influx of people that the coal seam gas exploration, development and coal mining will bring. Our council will need to remember our residents' needs while our region is expanding rapidly.
I believe high employment is a necessity to keep all our five towns prospering.
I aim for improved road conditions in our entire region so residents can travel without worry. Supplies and produce can be transported in and out of our region with confidence. Tourist can travel with ease to see our beautiful region. Our paramedics can transport us safely to reach health-care services.
I will encourage council to liaise with government to maintain, improve and keep these services in our region.
I aim to stand up for the residents to keep rates steady.