Drive to shoot more goals for Isaac RC
ASK Anne Baker where she turns for leadership inspiration and you might be surprised at the answer: rugby league coach Wayne Bennett's autobiography.
But long before the Isaac Regional Council mayor was elected four years ago, the sports grounds were where her own leadership skills were born, playing netball for Queensland and training at the Australian Institute of Sport.
It's a lifetime of fostering these skills, along with the last four years experience, she hopes the community will consider when they head to the polls for the local government election on March 19.
Because, just as she did on the netball court years ago, Cr Baker believes she has a lot more goals to shoot for the Isaac region.
"My sporting background is something I go back to all the time when it comes to leadership," Cr Baker said.
"The same principles apply: you stick to your own core principles and do the best you can.
"You need to be constantly learning and open minded."
Back in 2012, Cr Baker said it was concern for a disgruntled community that motivated her to run for mayor.
This time around, she said continuity was critical.
"It's one thing to win (on election day) but it's another thing to get on with the job," Cr Baker said.
"It takes a good two years just to understand how council operates..
"It's a huge benefit to have this experience under my belt."
Voters could also look to her track record: Under her tenure the Dysart Water Treatment Plant and Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre had been secured.
While she didn't name specific projects she would deliver if re-elected, she said maintaining infrastructure, ensuring water security and quality roadwork would be priorities.
Above all else, if elected again, fighting for the region's communities would be top of her agenda.
"My favourite thing about being mayor is the connection you have to the community," Cr Baker said.
"It's like being part of a team."