Field far from big

A WEEK from today nominations for the Southern Downs Regional Council elections will open and while a few have raised their hands, we have far from a Melbourne Cup field of candidates.

The Daily News hopes a few potentials are either biding their time to make an announcement or still making up their minds. But, before they pay the fee and sign on the dotted line, we asked all current councillors for a peek into their diaries on a random day or two of their choice from the last few weeks, to see what life is really like as an elected official.

Cr Cameron Gow said he thought sometimes up to 80% of his workload was outside of the scheduled meetings.

"From meetings and phone calls to emails and letters, meeting with and talking to individuals and groups about the issues they wish to raise, from barking dogs to planning scheme issues and applications," he said.

"Talking to and helping people achieve what they are setting out to achieve is the bread and butter of a regional councillor."

Cr Gow said helping people "navigate the system" was the best part of his job.

"In all respects, we represent the community to or sometimes against the bureaucracy. We don't like it (the system) much either and try to make it as easy as possible whenever we can."

Interested in standing?

Visit: dlgp.qld.gov.au.

Nominations are open from March 10-27.


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