DESPITE giving up his position as Gympie Show Society president, Gympie Region Councillor Graham Engeman said he would not be running for mayor in the next local government election.
Cr Engeman, who has been Show Society president for 10 years, said he simply didn’t have the time to undertake the role anymore, but that wasn’t because he had his eye on the top council job.
The next local government election has been set down for March 2012, and Cr Engeman said he would fully support Mayor Ron Dyne’s plans for growth and improvements to the region by not contesting his position.
“Cr Ron Dyne is running again for mayor and has very successfully amalgamated the three council areas,” Cr Engeman said.
“This region needs stability and a chance to become the destination area north of the Sunshine Coast and the entry to the Burnett (region).
“Gympie Regional Council has fared much better than many surrounding councils in melding the workforce into one body as well as rationalising the ratepayers into a cohesive unit.
“Rates have risen but it has funded the cost of amalgamation without causing great debts such as are seen in the surrounding regions,” Cr Engeman said.
“The Mayor has led a council that has made tough decisions that have benefited the residents.
“I will continue to help during the show and may participate in management in the future, but I will leave it to others for now, and support their endeavours to present a district show of which the Gympie region can be proud.”