January 18, 2024
Taromeo resident Linda Little has put up her hand to stand for Division 2 at the South Burnett Regional Council election on March 16.
Division 2 covers Blackbutt, Benarkin, South Nanango, Maidenwell, Brooklands and the eastern portion of the Bunya Mountains.
The sitting councillor is Acting Mayor Gavin Jones who will be contesting the mayoralty at the election, leaving Division 2 vacant.
Linda, who has lived in the district for 10 years, said she was eager to share her vision for the community.
“I have witnessed the challenges and opportunities that we face as a community,” Ms Little said.
“I have been involved in various local initiatives and organisations, such as Lions Club of Blackbutt Benarkin, Benarkin State School P&C, and more recently the Timbertown Sporting & Community Hub Inc.
“My husband and I are foster carers and since moving to the South Burnett we have had the privilege of providing a warm and loving home to many young people.
“I am passionate about improving our district as a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
“This passion led me to run for local government, as I aspire to be your voice and your advocate in the council.”
She said she would focus on major priorities: Rates, Roads; and Families, Youth and Seniors
“As a ratepayer I share your concern with the rising costs of our rates and the diminishing services that are provided to us,” Ms Little said.
“As your representative to council, I will prioritise the income generated by rates to fund a variety of services and infrastructure projects that benefit the community. These services include waste management, road maintenance, parks and gardens, libraries, community facilities and decent drinking water.
“I will focus on cost-saving measures that do not impact the delivery of the services we expect from our local council.”
She said road issues included potholes, corrugated unsealed roads, drainage and uneven, dangerous surfaces.
“It is crucial for this council to consider these issues based on their severity and the potential impact on driver safety,” Ms Little said.
“This approach will assist in planning and allocating resources effectively. Council also needs to consider both short-term and long-term improvements and allocate the budgets to address these issues.
“Engaging with the community, listening to their concerns about road safety in their local area and dealing with road safety issues in a respectful, timely manner is of high importance to me.”
Ms Little said that creating better communities for families, young people and seniors involved addressing the unique needs and concerns of each group.
“We aspire to be part of an inclusive and supportive community. By hosting regular community catch-ups I will stay informed about the community’s needs,” she said.
“Key priorities include creating spaces for all ages to gather and foster interest in sporting/social interactions, advocating for affordable housing initiatives to accommodate families, young professionals and seniors; encouraging mixed-use development to create vibrant, diverse neighbourhoods, providing accessible healthcare facilities and services for residents of all ages and promoting inclusivity and tolerance to ensure everyone feels welcome in our community.
“These are the issues that matter most to me, and I believe they matter to you as well.
“I have the experience, the skills, and the dedication to deliver on these priorities, and to work with you and for you to make our district a great place to be.
“However, I cannot do this alone. I need your voice, your support, and your vote. Together, we can make a difference.”