South Burnett Regional councillor Kathy Duff was one of the sponsors of the sales last Friday. Photo Troy Kippen / South Burnett Times
South Burnett Regional councillor Kathy Duff was one of the sponsors of the sales last Friday. Photo Troy Kippen / South Burnett Times Troy Kippen

It's no surprise the Lady in Pink will run unopposed

COUNCILLOR Kathy Duff is the only council candidate running unopposed in the coming election, and it comes as no surprise to some.

Cr Duff said she had lived in the South Burnett all her life and understood rural issues, but one man believed this was not the only reason she was unopposed.

Murgon Judo Club sensei Stan Munday said she was a valued voice for the region.

"Kathy's just an incredible lady," Mr Munday said.

"She believes in everything she does and that's so very important."

The judo instructor, who first met Kathy when he needed the council's help with his home plumbing, said it was apparent how much Cr Duff cared.

He said he was not alone in his respect for the councillor.

"You can speak to just about anyone in the street and they'll say 'oh the lady in pink'.

"There's not one person that doesn't know her."

Mr Munday said he was entirely unsurprised her seat was uncontested.

"Who would run against her?" he said.

"There's nobody else like her."

Councillor Kathy Duff is keen to get Proston swimming pool back to normal opening hours. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
Councillor Kathy Duff is keen to get Proston swimming pool back to normal opening hours. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

Mr Munday said Cr Duff was always very generous with her time.

"She goes out of her way to really look after her people," he said.

"If you speak to anyone in clubs, like the judo club, she's always there."

Mr Munday said Cr Duff brightened up division five.

"I've got photos of her in our blue judo suit, dyed pink," he mused.

"She coloured it pink herself."

Mr Munday said Cr Duff truly cared about her division and it was apparent.

"She knows people will drop anything for her, because that's what she does for us," he said.

Before becoming a councillor, Kathy Duff used to frequent camp drafts. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Before becoming a councillor, Kathy Duff used to frequent camp drafts. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Cr Duff said she felt "honoured and flattered" to be unopposed.

"I thank people for again placing their trust in me," she said.

She said she fought hard for her region, but there was still so much more to do.

"I will be putting my hand up for deputy mayor," she said.

"I understand the issues in the small country towns … and think there is still room for more efficiencies in council."

Cr Duff said she looked forward to another "exciting and challenging" term ahead.

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