Curtain closing on Moreton Bay Regional Council councillors’ careers

He moved the first motion of the newly formed Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2008 and he passed the final recommendation of the current council.

And with that, Brian Battersby rounded out his 40-year career as a local government politician last week.

The Division 10 councillor, who since 1976 has served the Hills District as councillor for Pine Rivers Shire Council and then Moreton Bay Regional Council, was one of five councillors who attended their final council meeting at Strathpine on 9 February.

Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to local government, Cr Battersby has attended close to 3000 council meetings and worked with 62 fellow councillors.

He cited Pine Rivers councillors Brian Burke and Jan Quinn and Mayor Yvonne Chapman as “people I’ve really enjoyed working beside” and said Moreton Bay Deputy Mayor Mike Charlton was “someone I hold in very high regard and respect”.

Cr Battersby, who has lived in Ferny Hills for 47 years and beat 34 candidates on the way to being re-elected nine times, said being an elected representative was less a job and more “a way of life”.

“It’s something that if you choose this role and to do it properly there are many sacrifices, both personally and family and time,
but you do it because you want to serve the community,” he said.

“There’s always jobs and there’s always more than you can do in this role.

“It’s never that you catch up (on work), it’s the degree of how far you are behind.”

Samford-based Division 11 councillor Bob Millar is retiring after 16 years in public office.

In his final address to council, he said he was “proud to have played a role in making this region one of the most progressive in Australia.”

“(Moreton Bay Council has) not only been a council to think outside the square but on many occasions to step right outside the square to facilitate and deliver the infrastructure and services to support our residents,” Cr Millar said.

He cited Council’s acquisition of a former CSIRO research site, since developed into the Samford Parklands sports precinct and Samford Avenue of Honour, as a major highlight of his career.

“Amongst the most personally satisfying experiences of this journey has been the opportunity to work closely with the residents of Division 11 and the many community groups who in their own way work so tirelessly to make Moreton Bay Region the great place to live and enable families to achieve their own aspirations in life,” Cr Millar said.

Cr Millar and Cr Battersby are two of five councillors along with Gary Parsons (Division 1), Greg Chippendale (Division 3) and David Dwyer (Division 7) who are retiring at the 19 March election.

At a morning tea before last week’s council meeting, Mayor Allan Sutherland acknowledged the contribution of the departing councillors and paid tribute to their spouses, family and friends for their support of the elected representatives.

Source: The Westerner

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