It's our chance to Dyne out
GYMPIE region Mayor Ron Dyne hopes to give Gympie more exposure following his election this month to the policy executive of the state's peak body for local government.
Councillor Dyne was the only mayor in the Wide Bay Burnett to survive the April 28 local government election, and earlier this month was elected over Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and Bundaberg deputy Mayor David Batt to represent the Wide Bay Burnett on the Local Government Association of Queensland.
The Wide Bay Burnett takes in Bundaberg, the Fraser Coast, Cherbourg, Gympie and the North and South Burnett.
The position completes a trifecta for Cr Dyne, who has served as chairman of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Road Group and the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils for the past seven years.
He said yesterday that although it meant more work, he was looking forward to his new responsibility and happy to have the opportunity to talk with government and ministers in the development of LGAQ policy.
"It will make things a bit busier but I think we need to put our name forward," he said. "I was the only mayor to survive the election in the Wide Bay Burnett and this will give me the opportunity to put into practice some of the thoughts I have had."
The LGAQ is a not-for-profit association serving Queensland's 73 councils.
It is administered by the 14-strong policy executive and meets four times a year.