LOOKING FORWARD: South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell is excited for the year ahead
LOOKING FORWARD: South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell is excited for the year ahead Matt Collins

Mayor's vision for 2019

MAYOR Keith Campbell is ready to get stuck into his 2019 to-do list and he has a number of high priority items atop the list.

Cr Campbell wanted to firstly advise South Burnett residents that the introduction of 2019 is mid-way through a budget period.

"We adopted a budget in June 2018 which takes us through to June 30 2019,” he said.

"What we are doing is working on delivering what we said we would deliver in the budget.”

One of those things is the topic of roads.

"We have made some significant changes in the approach to roadworks,” Cr Campbell said.

The region's mayor said there will be an increased focus on assisting farmers with a new approach to water access.

"The new injection of opportunity that would come with water, it would be a game changer,” he said.

"Agriculture is the biggest industry within the area, it always has been and I would like to think it always will be.”

Cr Campbell said he has been very passionate about the issue of water for some time.

"Given the magnitude that agriculture makes to our economy in the South Burnett we really need to muscle up more,” he said.

The South Burnett council admit the lack of communication with the increased rates this year could have been dealt with differently and they have learnt a harsh lesson.

"More of the information that helps to support a decision that council makes will be put out there for the reading of ratepayers so they can understand the journey we are on as well,” Cr Campbell said.

The topic of tourism has been been a focus for the latter part of 2018 and will continue to be on the agenda into next year.

"We want the thousands of people coming to our area to enjoy what our region has to offer,” he said.

"It is great that the tourists that come in to the area are supporting the businesses generally and not just the events or the tourism-type businesses.”

Reflecting on the year that was, Cr Campbell praised the resilient and supportive residents of the South Burnett and said they could hold their heads up high after a challenging year.

"Our hearts go out to those who experienced a level of distress this year,” he said.

"On the other side, there are a lot of self-sacrificing people who give of their own personal time and effort to help others. There are so many great and wonderful people in this region.”

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