Fresh faces and young blood for new council begins to govern the Moreton Bay Region

It's official – candidates who were once vying for the coveted council role have been formally sworn in as delegates for Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Five out of 12 councillors are fresh-faced and ready for change, while the other seven councillors were re-elected. Cr Allan Sutherland was also returned as mayor.

Cr Sutherland said the new council team was made up of a broad cross-section of the community.

“Our new councillors come from very diverse backgrounds and I know that those who have been returned will help the new councillors to learn the ropes of local government and hit the ground running in what is a very busy and exciting time for our region,” Cr Sutherland said.

Former school teacher Brooke Savige took home 46 per cent of the votes in Division One. The first-time councillor said she was eager to represent her community.

“I’m really looking forward to getting all of the formalities out of the way and getting back into the community and on the ground,” Mrs Savige said.

“We’re fitting in what we can of an evening and a weekend but it would be good to get out there to what we set out to do and that is to represent the community.”

Division Three Councillor Adam Hain is another new face, beating his closest rival by just under five per cent of votes.

With a background in construction, Cr Hain said he was looking forward to applying previous skills to his new role.

“We’re one of the only councils that is directly involved with their budget and is very hands-on with the projects that happen in their region,” he said.

“That’s what I’m all about – looking at plans, projects, and communicating with engineers and planners is my passion. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Division Two’s Peter Flannery is back for a third term, claiming 52 per cent of the vote.

Having served the community for two terms as a councillor for the Caboolture Shire prior to the amalgamation in 2008, he said he was glad to continue working in the community.

“I’m going to continue the work that I’ve been doing. It’s been great to be part of the first term with the MBRC in comparison to the Caboolture Council because we can deliver a lot more projects,” he said.

“The ability we have to improve people’s lives has increased from the old council days.”

Division Twelve’s Adrian Raedel was elected unopposed, and has added Chairperson for Corporate Services to his portfolio.

“There’s always ways to improve and there’s always things you can to do better,” Cr Raedel said.

“We’ve got to focus on how council can do better, so that’s my focus.”

Source : Caboolture News

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