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Vote on whether or not you're satisfied with your councillor

It's year since the new council was elected.
It's year since the new council was elected. Alistair Brightman

AFTER 12 months in the job, we recap some of the highlights for each of the councillors and Mayor.

Cast your vote on whether or not their performance has been satisfactory.

Division 1: Cr James Hansen was able to show his rural constituents he is one of them when he had to save his dairy cows from flood waters in January. Cr Hansen has also been vocal in pushing for better pest management from the council.

Division 2: Cr Phil Truscott has had his work cut out for him, representing the southern division while also spending much of his time with his waterways portfolio, as the Hervey Bay foreshore clearing has been a major issue.

Division 3: Cr Chris Loft told Maryborough he would clean up the "mess" left by previous councillor Julie Arthur. After being elected, Cr Loft went very quiet on this issue and a snap poll after six months revealed some could not see anything had changed.

Division 4: The youngest of the councillors, Daniel Sanderson, has kept his head down, but his portfolio of city and town centre development has thrown him a few curveballs, such as explaining a decision to award a $30,000 consultancy contract to previous councillor Anne Nioa.

Division 5: Cr Rolf Light has had a number of issues to deal with in his aviation portfolio, but his hardest work has been following the tornado that ripped Burrum Heads apart on Australia Day. He also had to deal with sewage issues in Toogoom.

Division 6: Cr Trevor McDonald came under fire for changing his tune on a controversial toilet block proposal in his division. Had his hands full overseeing the assessment and repair of infrastructure following the floods but handled the huge task well.

Division 7: Cr Darren Everard organised for Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to come to the region and parade about in his Speedos. He also oversaw the running of a number of successful events and has organised for some of those events to return in the future.

Division 8: Cr Robert Garland was photographed in a woman's dress having make-up applied to his face while sitting in a beauty salon with Cr Taylor. Has had to repeatedly front petitioners calling for cheaper pet registration.

Division 9: Cr Stuart Taylor failed in his attempts to have a tsunami warning system installed. He also failed in his attempts to set up a group to eradicate plastic bags from the region. But he found success in bringing parklets to Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Division 10: Cr George Seymour was the only councillor to oppose the botched takeover of Wide Bay Water Corporation. He represented his division strongly against controversial developments. 

Mayor: Gerard O'Connell has had a tumultuous year, dealing with floods, a frog pool, foreshore clearing, Wide Bay Water, a tourism merger, rising costs and developments, to name a few.

Topics:  councillor, fraser coast, poll




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