Wivenhoe Dam pipeline will honour Steve Jones' vision

NO project was too ambitious for Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones.

His passion for his community was remembered by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council on Monday when they made a formal statement about the mayor's sudden death.

Addressing the public, councillor and deputy mayor Tanya Milligan said Cr Jones had a love for the region which made a difference.

"Steve spent his entire career in local government driven by a desire to ensure that the Lockyer Valley would be in a better shape when he left, than when he started," Cr Milligan said.

"Steve was a staunch supporter and advocate for the place he called home.

"Steve loved all things Lockyer, he wasn't afraid to make the tough decisions."

Deputy Mayor Tanya Milligan issued a statement about the death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
Deputy Mayor Tanya Milligan issued a statement about the death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.

Cr Milligan said Cr Jones' vision was for the construction of a pipeline connecting the Lockyer Valley to Wivenhoe Dam.

"Instead of letting millions of litres of water flow out to sea to ensure Wivenhoe stays at optimum levels, pipe that water to where it is needed most, to one of Australia's leading agricultural areas, the Lockyer Valley," Cr Milligan said.

"Council will continue to fight for the pipeline and would love nothing more to see it come into fruition in Steve's honour."

Cr Milligan expressed condolences on behalf of council to Steve's wife Ann and family.

"Council asks that the privacy of the family be respected," she said.

"Because behind Steve Jones the Mayor, was Steve Jones the man, the husband, father, son, brother, pop and mate."

Details on the funeral service will be announced at a later stage.

Topics:  lockyer valley regional council steve jones

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