Christine’s sights set firmly on CHRC
LONG-TERM Springsure resident and Birrong cattle producer Christine Rolfe is no stranger to the political sphere, and hopes to bring something more than "roads, rates and rubbish" to a region she believes has untapped potential.
As current vice president and treasurer of AgForce Queensland, and former VP of the National Farmers Federation, advocating for her local community to the State and Federal Governments comes naturally to Mrs Rolfe.
But the Winton-born, mother-of-two believes the time has come to represent her community at a local government level, and will run for councillor in the upcoming Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) election.
Mrs Rolfe holds a bold vision for the future of the region, and believes in "diversifying industry", investing in infrastructure and strengthening the region's "social fabric".
"We have to punch above our weight a bit when we apply for funding," she said.
Though she has spent her life in Central Queensland, Mrs Rolfe is well-travelled, which she said has given her a fresh perspective on what the region has to offer our potential national and international visitors.
"We undersell ourselves," Mrs Rolfe said.
"We can learn from other places, and strive to promote our tourism destinations."
On top of her official roles, Mrs Rolfe's commitment to community is embodied in her volunteer work with the committee of aged care in Springsure, and fulfilling a role as a board member of the Emerald Agricultural College.
During her two children's schooldays, Mrs Rolfe also worked with the Orion community, the P&C and sporting and pony clubs.
Mrs Rolfe said her lifetime in Central Queensland and her engagement in communities across the region put her in good stead to speak out on a broad scope of local issues.
Already looking to her first term, Christine said it goes back to the old adage, "you have to spend money to make money", but said honesty remain at the core of her actions.