AFTER 27 years in local government, Central Highlands deputy mayor Gail Nixon still has the passion to be a voice for her community.
Ms Nixon, who runs a small fuel and transport business in Springsure with her family, is running as a councillor in next month's local government elections.
The local government veteran grew up in Sprinsgure before attending Range College in Rockhampton.
After leaving school she worked on her family's property until marrying and raised three children.
Ms Nixon spent 19 years on the Bauhinia Shire Council, 12 as mayor, and has spent the past eight years on the Central Highlands Regional Council.
"I am passionate about building our agricultural industries so that our towns can grow, and local contractors and small businesses can flourish.
"To make these things happen we need good arterial roads and dynamic industries to value-add to our produce.
"Rates and development costs must be controlled for our communities to grow and we also need to encourage entrepreneurial, visionary investors who can make positive changes for the betterment of our area."
Ms Nixon lists her interests as health, mental health, aged care, tourism and jobs for the school leavers.
"I am in favour of establishing some affordable flood mitigation processes but not in favour of the proposed and probably very costly levee plan as I think the river should be a place that people can enjoy and is a beautiful asset for Emerald and the wider community."
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