April 26, 2023
South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto has not yet decided if he will restand for the region’s top job.
The admission was made at Wednesday’s General Council meeting during a debate on which councillors should attend the Local Government Association of Queensland Conference at Gladstone in October and the LGAQ Bush Councils Conference at Goondiwindi in July.
South Burnett Regional Council is planning to send a large delegation to both conferences, both to lobby for local issues as well as provide a professional development opportunity for councillors.
The cost of attendance – and whether councillors were likely to withdraw at the last minute – was also debated.
Mayor Otto raised the point the next Local Government election was going to be held in March and that Council would be in “caretaker mode” from January 1.
He suggested that if Council knew an employee was going to leave the organisation in a few months, it would not be investing in professional development training.
It was during this discussion that Mayor Otto said he was still deciding if he would restand, although he was having discussions with his wife.
He said he had a certain course in mind but he would not be disclosing it at an open Council meeting.
In a majority vote, the meeting approved that councillors Danita Potter, Jane Erkens, Scott Henschen, Gavin Jones and Brett Otto attend the LGAQ Bush Councils Convention and that Mayor Otto and Cr Jones attend the LGAQ Annual Conference as delegates (with Cr Erkens as reserve) along with Cr Kirstie Schumacher, Cr Henschen and Cr Potter as observers.