Council hopes for Alpha cattleman
LOCAL cattleman Sean Dillon has announced he will stand for Barcaldine Regional Council, following the opening of nominations on the weekend for the Local Government election in March.
Mr Dillon, 33, is a fourth-generation local resident and manages his family cattle property just north of Alpha, together with his mother and sister, as well as running their mustering business.
Mr Dillon is married to Sarah and they have three young children.
"I've always been part of the community and I see serving on council as an opportunity to further contribute to our region," he said.
"I want to make sure we are getting our fair share of State and Federal funding, make council more accountable and transparent, and ensure that more of our ratepayer dollars go back into the local economy.
"I am really passionate about ensuring we plan for the future and grow our region - so that our young people don't have to leave to find decent jobs."
Mr Dillon said he would approach campaigning "the old fashioned way" and planned to talk with as many local residents as possible over the coming weeks.
"Nothing beats talking directly with locals and getting their feedback and thoughts on what Council can do better," Mr Dillon said.
"I have been really heartened by the response I've had so far.
"I invite anyone who wants to discuss local issues to give me a call on 0427 700 958 as I'd love to talk with them.
"I know there will be plenty of good people standing for election, but I think I bring some fresh ideas and community knowledge to the table."
Mr Dillon has a track record of community involvement and leadership, including:
- Serving on the local Show Society and Rodeo Association;
- Four terms as President of the Australian Campdraft Association;
- Member of the advisory group to Barcaldine Regional Council post amalgamation;
- Serving on the DPIF equine advisory panel and Agforce Queensland;
- Referee for both Senior and Junior Rugby League in Central Highlands and Western Rugby League;
- Hosting and organising a biennial fishing tournament and fundraiser at his property for the local HACC (Home and Community Care Centre), the RFDS and the CQ Helicopter Rescue.