A family tradition
FOURTH-generation Killarney resident Jamie Mackenzie is the latest to announce his intention to run for a position on the Southern Downs Regional Council in the upcoming local government elections.
The beef cattle producer and self-employed town planning consultant said he would be well suited to the role.
"With a love for the region and 25 years experience in local government, I will be able to give an informed contribution and professional second opinion on council," he said.
Born and raised in Killarney, Mr Mackenzie gained tertiary qualifications in Brisbane and has worked around Queensland as a town planner in private enterprise and for local governments in Ipswich, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Emerald.
"I am inspired by my late uncle, Ferrier Mackenzie, who was a Glengallan Shire Councillor in this area for over 20 years," Mr Mackenzie said.
"He was on council as a 'civic duty', not for any single issue nor for personal gain.
"We both agreed on thrift, balance and stability in local government.
"This region needs quality councillors who are utterly trustworthy and with experience and intelligence to deal with increasingly competitive issues and complex legislative matters.
"It would be a huge privilege to serve on council with enthusiasm, energy and direction.
"I also have a large portfolio of ideas and innovations and a wide network of useful contacts."
Mr Mackenzie said he "loved cutting red tape" and dealt with bureaucracy almost daily.
"But basic priorities need to be listening to staff at the coalface, fixing local roads and drainage, signage and freezing of fees and charges," he said.
"Tourism needs a boost, building on our fantastic climate, local history, produce and scenery.
"I look forward to representing the whole area."
Mr Mackenzie has developed a 10-point plan and said he looked forward to announcing a series of proposed initiatives in the coming weeks.