Well-known businessman begins 2020 election campaign
THE South Burnett Regional Council election is still six months away, but it hasn't stopped a well-known businessman getting his campaign off to an early start.
Long-time South Burnett business owner Brett Otto is confident he has started on the front foot in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
"I am very happy with how my election campaign is progressing," he said.
"We have a fairly extensive promotional campaign that we have been planning."
The director of business accountancy firm, Otto Group, Mr Otto said the decision to start the campaign early was a deliberate one.
"I am not an incumbent, and while I know a lot of people I think I am going to need that time to get out to the community," he said.
"It is really important to me that I do canvass the community extensively.
"I do believe the best way to do that is by going and seeing people and talking with people.
"Give myself enough time to have those conversations."
After 20 years in accounting, Mr Otto believes he is well-equipped to support council in bringing that financial knowledge if he was elected.
"Council faces a number of significant issues around financing the operation of council across the region," he said.
"It is really important to me that what we don't see happen is council struggle to deal with the deficit they've got and the level of debt they have got.
"I think it is important that while attending to that debt they are not reducing services in any of our communities."
The Otto family is no stranger to South Burnett Regional Council.
Mr Otto's great grandfather was on the Nanango Council for many years and his father is the longest serving member of the South Burnett Regional Council, spending 51 years as a council employee.
Mr Otto, who is running as a Division Four candidate, said his father had been really supportive of his decision to run.
"His comment to me was, 'well as long as you are doing it for the right reasons'," he said.
"And you are going to make our communities better places to live for all of us, then you should go for it."
Brett Otto's official campaign launch will be held on Thursday October 24 at the Kingaroy RSL from 6pm to 7.30pm.