ELECTION: Local elections will be held on Saturday, March 28.
ELECTION: Local elections will be held on Saturday, March 28.

Who’s running in the Central Highlands election

THE Central Highland's next local elections will be held on Saturday, March 28.

Elections will be on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. You can check your electoral details here.

Below are introductions to the nominees.

See their responses to our questions at the following links and let us know what questions you would like to ask them by emailing news@cqnews.com.au.

Week 1: How should the council's money be spread across the region? Do you think the cost of living is too high, and can anything be done about it?

Week 2: What infrastructure, if any, needs to be created or improved in the Central Highlands? How can the council encourage workers to stay in the region?

Week 3: Tell us about one issue under council control that you are passionate about, why you're passionate about it, and how it should be handled.

Week 4: What does it mean to be a Central Highlander and how does that relate to being a councillor?

Kerry Hayes, Mayor (incumbent)

 

Kerry Hayes.
Kerry Hayes.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in local government, going on 20 years, and for the great responsibility of being mayor of our region.

The Central Highlands needs someone who has the knowledge, skills and passion to take our communities forward. I have done that and am keen to continue to build on our strengths in communities small and large.

Central Highlanders saw what I committed to at the last election and can see that that has been delivered.

It has been challenging and there are challenges ahead that will need not only a strong mayor, but a committed council team.

I have been working extremely hard to rebuild our economies and am proud to say that the initiatives through council and the Central Highlands Development Corporation have strengthened our industries and provided greater opportunity.

Our region is a stronger and more viable place with more potential because of the hard work that has been done.

That's what I'm about. Giving the Central Highlands the best chance of being the best it can be.

 

Charlie Brimblecombe, Councillor (incumbent)

 

Charlie Brimblecombe.
Charlie Brimblecombe.

The Central Highlands has been very good to me. I was a farmer and first moved here in 1977 from Duaringa. I wanted to put back into the region that contributed so much to me and my family. I am a volunteer ambulance driver, SES member, and rural firefighter, and I have worked for council as a councillor and water treatment plant operator.

The Central Highlands is roughly the size of Tasmania. It's a large area with both large and small communities, and to me, those communities are very important. They are important for the education of our kids, for our services, and for our standard of living. We need to support and strengthen them for the people within.

 

Kevin Burke, Councillor

Response forthcoming.

 

Joseph Burns, Councillor

 

Joseph Burns.
Joseph Burns.

Joseph Burns, aged 34, was born and raised in Emerald and has been a lifelong resident of the Central Highlands.

The youngest child of Mike and Ros Burns, Joseph has five older sisters.

Educated at St Patrick's Primary School, then graduating from Emerald State High, Joseph went on to study a Bachelor of Laws Degree while working as an operator in the mining industry.

Currently Joseph works at BMA Blackwater Mine overseeing the bulk dozer push operations for Wolff Group.

He lives in Emerald with His wife Monica and their daughter Marcellina.

Joseph plans to use three guiding principles if elected honesty, competency, and compassion.

He has big hopes and plans for the region wanting to bring fresh thinking and a fresh approach to the job.

This includes lower and fairer rates, improvements to water infrastructure for region and better facilities and activities for young families.

 

Anne Carpenter, Councillor

 

Anne Carpenter.
Anne Carpenter.

I was born in Springsure and have lived here all my life. I am a third generation country woman on both sides of the family tree. My husband, Rod, and I traded country living for town living in 2000. Both he and I have been working at Elders for 15 years.

I was the foundation secretary of the Comet River Agricultural Society, secretary of the Springsure P & A Society for eight years, treasurer of the Australian Campdraft Association, and have been an office bearer or assistant for the Springsure Working Horse Association for 20 years. I am also involved in the Anglican Church as administrator, sat on the CHRC Game Plan advisory committee and chair the Springsure Showgrounds user group.

I want to actively represent this region - all of it, not just my home turf.

I'd like to see improved communication between council and constituents so that it actually works for the people.

We do need to find innovative ways on a limited ­budget to fund roads and other infrastructure and we need to sell our region more to attract people to come here and stay.

 

Natalie Curtis, Councillor

 

Natalie Curtis.
Natalie Curtis.

My name is Natalie Curtis. I have lived on the Central Highlands for 25 years with my husband. We currently reside in Capella and have done so for the past 11 years.

I am invested in the local region through running a real estate agency, Nat Curtis Real Estate.

I believe that my responsibility as a councillor is to listen and understand the issues from all parts of the region and to be a strong voice for all of our local communities, big and small.

It's my job, as a representative for all of the Central Highlands, to engage with and work toward the goals of our region.

If elected, I will endeavour to collaborate with the other councillors in running the region in a cost-effective manner to ensure the rate payers contributions are invested in a manner which creates a sustainable future for the Central Highlands region.

 

Megan Daniels, Councillor (incumbent)

 

Megan Daniels.
Megan Daniels.

There is no better feeling than representing your community and I am grateful that I have been able to do that as a councillor.

I grew up on a cattle property east of Capella. After graduating university with a Bachelor of Business - Agribusiness, I worked across Queensland, the United Kingdom and volunteered in East Africa. I returned to Emerald in 2010.

Time away made me really value the Central Highlands, with its diverse industries, job opportunities and that it is a great place to raise a family.

I have worked in professional roles in banking and agribusiness and in more recent years ran a local natural resource management group and my own small business. I now wear a number of hats; as a councillor, mother and running a cattle grazing business at Comet.

My downtime revolves around my family, volunteering and my passion for the environment and sustainable agriculture.

 

Geoff Dein

Response forthcoming.

 

Bernardine Frawley, Councillor

 

Bernardine Frawley.
Bernardine Frawley.

We are fortunate for this region to have good, solid foundations.

The people are great, the natural assets are rich with core services and infrastructure in place.

It is important as a councillor to keep momentum on all these areas, building on the good work established by our predecessors.

My husband and I live in Emerald, having raised and educated our sons here.

We have been involved and volunteering with sporting and community groups.

I have worked professionally in the business of agriculture, finance, mining and local government industries.

 

Alan McIndoe, Councillor (incumbent)

 

Alan McIndoe.
Alan McIndoe.

The last four years have flown for me. There have being trials and tribulations on all levels. The personal development over the initial two years was a difficult, yet rewarding experience as I developed the skills required to enhance the expectations of a councillor.

For that I thank the people and now it is only right that I return on that investment and at least put my hand up, and heart in, to return for another round.

We, as an entire community, have continued to develop and strengthen amid difficult times and I've enjoyed working beside and represent all areas from industry to individuals, communities and clubs, and look forward to further developing stronger economic opportunities for all individuals within the Central Highlands.

Going forward we must continue to lay the foundation to inspire all to achieve their very best while keeping our head when it comes to expenses.

 

Janice Moriarty, Councillor

 

Janice Moriarty.
Janice Moriarty.

Improving liveability, wellbeing and affordability in all communities is essential for building a vibrant and dynamic region in the future.

To achieve this, it is important for everyone to be heard and given a voice.

Advancing our region depends on a diverse economy, strong industries and thriving small businesses.

It also depends on having positive, inclusive communities that support youth, seniors, rural and young families.

Along with my husband, John, we have been fortunate to raise our family in Emerald and our granddaughters are fifth-generation Moriartys.

I have invaluable local knowledge of all Central Highlands communities and local experience ­working in education and training, as well as economic and community development.

I understand the inside workings of state and local government.

I am committed to giving people a voice so we can lead local solutions to local issues.

 

Christine Rolfe, Councillor (incumbent)

 

Christine Rolfe.
Christine Rolfe.

I feel privileged to have been a representative for all of our communities over the last four years.

Prior to being a councillor I was in executive positions on two farming organisations, AgForce Qld and National Farmers Federation. These positions involved advocacy and lobbying on behalf of our communities to all levels of government.

My family has held property in the Springsure area for many years and my husband Ross and I have lived at Birrong all our married lives. Our Springsure properties are now run in partnership with our son Drew and his family. We are predominantly beef cattle producers, diversified with contract farming, bookkeeping and board positions.

My keen interest in all things local includes volunteering for show society, horse sports, aged care organisation and our own local community, Orion.

The Central Highlands region is the best of both worlds for me; rural living with connection to the coast.

 

Gai Sypher

Response forthcoming.

 

John Watkins

Response forthcoming.


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