Melinda Jones to bring "Monto Magic" to division one
DIVISION 1 candidate Melinda Jones believes she is the passionate voice her region needs right now.
That's why she has declared her candidacy against incumbent councillor Paul Lobegeier, and Monto's Peter Warren.
As an avid member of the community, Mrs Jones dedicates herself to numerous organisations within her division.
In her time serving on several boards and committees, she has worked to make sure her community has been heard.
"We need someone who will ensure that people are not just listened to, but heard, with their voices being the ones who will shape the outcome," Mrs Jones said.
"And my voice will actually be the community's voice in council meetings, speaking on behalf of them."
Coming from a community development background spanning 20 years, she has been heavily involved in almost every aspect of the division since moving to the North Burnett 16 years ago.
Some of her working roles and volunteer roles included being Monto and Eidsvold's youth worker, the high school chaplain, and working in community development roles with the Monto Neighbourhood Centre, and the North Burnett Community Services Network.
Mrs Jones has had roles in the North Burnett Regional Council, Monto State High School, Monto Dairy Festival, the Regional Arts and Development Fund, and many more.
One of her recent involvements has been as president of the Monto Magic Tourism and Action Group for three years.
She has also been instrumental in securing funding from the drought renewal program for the silo art projects at Three Moon.
"We've been working on that for over two years, and it was the community that wanted it," she said.
"It's about working together with the community, to ensure everything is community driven."
Mrs Jones previously ran for council in 2016, and said she had no personal issues with Cr Lobegeier, or Mr Warren, but representing her community had been something she had wanted to do for a long time.
So what does Mrs Jones have in store for Division 1 if she is successful at the polls?
"One thing I'm keen on is Rural Aid's five-year plan, I'd certainly be looking to achieve those outcomes for the community," she said.
"Certainly the three R's as well: rubbish, roads, and rates, which is the foundation for council."
She is also keen to establish a board to ensure that before any report has been tabled at a council meeting, it has been run past the community first.
Overall, Mrs Jones believes she is answering the call for a younger voice for her community, and is excited at the prospect of competition at this year's election.
"When you put yourself out there to stand for council, you put your fate in the hand's of the people," she said.
"Now it's their chance to make that choice, and have a younger voice heard in our division."