Passionate about people
BERYL Dyer joked that her long-held position on the Barcaldine Regional Council could reflect the apathy of today's voters, but her record tells a different story.
For 15 years Mrs Dyer has been a staunch advocate for her local Alpha community, and she said the past four years - her last term in local government - had been a trying time as the independent shires struggled to remain local.
But an emerging trend that concerned her was the potential for local councillors to lose contact with community concerns on the cusp of the Galilee Basin mining boom.
"We are grappling with the development of resource companies and trying to get them to not just dig holes in the ground but do something for the community," she said.
Her position will be filled soon after her 75th birthday and Mrs Dyer said she hoped her successor would continue with the same passion and dedication.
"I do feel strongly about that, but if you pull the pin, you have no right to jump up and down from the sidelines," she said.
"I want someone who has got a real feel for the community."