South Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Keith Campbell is hoping for an improved turnout to the Kingaroy leg of council's listening tour this year.
South Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Keith Campbell is hoping for an improved turnout to the Kingaroy leg of council's listening tour this year. Tobi Loftus

'Only two attendees': Mayor responds to poor event turnout

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council mayor Keith Campbell is hoping this year's Kingaroy leg of council's listening tour will be a significant improvement on last year's poor attendance.

"Last year's Kingaroy event only had two attendees," Cr Campbell said.

This is a surprising figure given Kingaroy is the highest populated town within the South Burnett.

"We have always had strong attendances in rural areas like Maidenwell, Durong and Kumbia," he said.

"They have some fairly strong networks out there pushing residents to come along."

Cr Campbell said they were expecting some good numbers at the nine different locations on their listening tours which start in Nanango on Monday, September 24, and he is confident Kingaroy residents would come out this year.

"I understand peoples' lives are busy and there is the issue of priorities," Cr Campbell said.

"Perhaps Kingaroy residents don't feel like they have to come out as they are so close to the action."

While Cr Campbell could not give a definite answer for the lack of attendees to the Kingaroy listening tours in past years, he was looking forward to a healthy crowd this year.

"We are making ourselves available and we invite residents to do the same," he said.

Besides voicing their opinions and feedback, the listening tours are a great opportunity for residents to get a better understanding of council processes.

"When issues do arise, it's important to understand the reasons council do what they do," Cr Campbell said.

Previous listening tours have established a number of areas that residents feel need to be addressed.

"In regards to the issues of roads, there has been a chorus of people over a number of years making complaints and it's not that council hasn't heard," Cr Campbell said.

"It's that council has had to do the thorough research as to how best address the issue."

Cr Campbell said in the past they found they weren't able to do what ratepayers wanted with the money they had.

"We can only do what we can with the money available," he said.

"Council has reduced costs in our own section but it still wasn't enough."

But the funds are now available and council is making strong headway into improving the region's roads.

"The roads department has now been properly resourced with the funds to do what needs to be done."

Cr Campbell assured South Burnett residents while they couldn't please all of the people all of the time, they always had their best interests at heart.

"Council responds to what ratepayers requests are as best as they can," he said.

"Within reason, council can provide what the majority of ratepayers want."

"Council is a business that is busting its boiler to ensure that the assets of the whole of the region are looked after as responsibly as possible," he said.

A list of all the listening tour locations, dates and times can be found below:

Nanango

Venue: Cultural Centre, Nanango

Date: Monday, September 24

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Blackbutt / Benarkin

Venue: Blackbutt Town Hall

Date: Tuesday, September 25

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Maidenwell / Bunya Mountains

Venue: Maidenwell Town Hall

Date: Wednesday, October 3

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Kumbia / Burrandowan / Ironpot

Venue: Kumbia Memorial Hall

Date: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Wondai / Tingoora

Venue: Wondai Town Hall

Date: Monday, October 8

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Kingaroy / Wooroolin

Venue: Kingaroy Town Common Hall (Oliver Bond St)

Date: Tuesday, October 9

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Murgon / Cloyna

Venue: Murgon Town Hall

Date: Thursday, October 18

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

Proston / Hivesville

Venue: Proston Hall

Date: Tuesday, October 23

Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start

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