CLOSE RACE: The many faces of South Burnett residents who have entered the council election later this month. Photo: Contributed
CLOSE RACE: The many faces of South Burnett residents who have entered the council election later this month. Photo: Contributed Laura Blackmore

WHAT WE KNOW: Everything so far from the 2020 election

IN LESS than one month residents will head to the polls to elect who represents the region on the South Burnett Regional Council for the next four years.

As we draw closer to election time, here is a wrap up of everything that has happened so far in the build up to March, 28 2020.

Mayor renominates for second term

When South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell was elected just under four years ago, he said he wanted to fulfil two terms in the position.

Now, he will endeavour to pursue this aspiration after he announced he will renominate as mayor.

Read about his election campaign top priorities here.

Mayor Keith Campbell. Picture: Contributed
Mayor Keith Campbell. Picture: Contributed


First time nominee for Mayor

Back in October long-time South Burnett business owner Brett Otto announced he would run for division 4.

Then, merely a month later, he announced he would run for the role as Mayor instead of the position as a councillor.

Check out why Mr Otto decided to switch lanes here.

South Burnett businessman, Brett Otto. Picture: Contributed
South Burnett businessman, Brett Otto. Picture: Contributed


Passionate community member sets eye on top job

In September, Division 3 candidate from the 2016 election Abigail Andersson told the South Burnett Times she would make the call in January.

However, she announced on Christmas Day 2019 via Facebook she would be running as the Mayor and here's why.

Abigail Andersson with her husband Dan.
Abigail Andersson with her husband Dan. Matt Collins


Meet the latest woman to throw her hat in the ring

For more than 20 years Toni Ralph has made the South Burnett her home.

She is a mum, former owner of the butcher at Kingaroy Shoppingworld and now a primary producer.

Mrs Ralph aims to reach the top spot on council for this term. Read about her journey here.

Joanne Brown with Mayor candidate Toni Ralph (right).
Joanne Brown with Mayor candidate Toni Ralph (right). Claudia Williams


All six councillors give the green light

Councillors Roz Frohloff (Division 1), Gavin Jones (Division 2), Danita Potter (Division 3), Terry Fleischfresser (Division 4), Kathy Duff (Division 5) and Ros Heit (Division 6) have all said they would renominate for the election next year.

Read about why they wanted to run again and how they aspire to best use their positions in council here.

All of the South Burnett councillors from 2016 until 2020. Picture: Jessica McGrath
All of the South Burnett councillors from 2016 until 2020. Picture: Jessica McGrath


New kid on the block

As a lifelong resident who grew up in Blackbutt, Kirstie Schumacher said the region had great potential and her focus would be on building relationships that work towards driving positive change.

Now, she has put her hand up for the position as the division 4 councillor.

Read about why she made this decision based on the future of her family here.


Long term farmer steps up to the plate

Since late last year a third generational farmer from Ironpot has been an observer from the public gallery at the monthly council meetings.

Now, Scott 'Hook' Henschen reveals why he is aspiring to be part of the formal decision making in the South Burnett after announcing he will stand for Division 6 here.

NEW CANDIDATE: Scott 'Hook' Henschen is running as a councillor for Division 6. Picture: Laura Blackmore
NEW CANDIDATE: Scott 'Hook' Henschen is running as a councillor for Division 6. Picture: Laura Blackmore Laura Blackmore

Last minute candidate announcement

With a month to go until the election, passionate community member Rhonda Trivett has announced she will run for Division 3.

She's been a champion for change for decades and now she wants to give people a voice as a councillor.

Read more about her story here.

Councillor candidate Rhonda Trivett with Suncoast Spinners coach Nathan Wilburn.
Councillor candidate Rhonda Trivett with Suncoast Spinners coach Nathan Wilburn. Contributed

First Wakka Wakka person to run for councillor

On the last day for nominees to submit their application, Wakka Wakka women Colleen Bird announced she was running for Division 5 as a councillor.

Ms Bird said she believes she has the right experience, personality and background to give longtime Division 5 councillor, Kathy Duff, a run for her money.

Read more about Ms Bird's campaign here.

NEW COUNCILLOR? Colleen Bird is the latest person to nominate to run for a councillor position in this year's local council elections.
NEW COUNCILLOR? Colleen Bird is the latest person to nominate to run for a councillor position in this year's local council elections. Laura Blackmore

The South Burnett Regional Council will be held on March 28, 2020.

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