Its time for Barbara
FRASER Coast Regional councillor Barb Hovard reckons her mind is made up.
It was made up before the last council election when she decided that, if elected, it would definitely be the last time she would stand – and nothing has changed since then.
The popular former Maryborough mayor laughed and said no when asked if there was any chance she would be running for the position of mayor in 2012, saying that she would not be running for a position as a councillor at that time either.
“The answer is no for both, definitely,” she said.
“I told anyone who asked that this would be my last run before the last election.
“Nothing has changed my mind – not like Mick (Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger) who seems to be wavering. But I’m not one to change my mind.”
Ms Howard is not looking too far ahead – she says her time on the council has been challenging but enjoyable – but admits that retirement will give her the time to do the things she wants to do, such as travelling and enjoying life at home.
“It has been very challenging.
“I’m sure amalgamation will prove to be the right decision but it has been challenging.
“I love representing the people of the Fraser Coast. My time on the council has been challenging but highly rewarding.”
Ms Hovard said she would be standing aside in the hope that new blood will come into the council.
“I’ve given my all but a time comes when you have to say it’s time.”