LISTENING TOUR: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell prepare for this year's Listening Tour.
LISTENING TOUR: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell prepare for this year's Listening Tour. Jessica McGrath

What we can expect at this year's council Listening Tour

IN THE back of last year's successful Listening Tour, South Burnett Regional Council is preparing to hit the road to listen to residents' concerns.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the idea of the listening tour was to receive "frank and honest commentary from the constituents”.

"People need to feel comfortable sharing how things impact them,” Cr Campbell said

"It may not be always something councillors can fix, but whatever is raised there is a level of explanation.”

Council representatives will be present at every venue on the tour to hear from residents.

"We will have the CEO, three general managers and staff with us who will be able to take requests in relation to matters a ratepayer may have,” Cr Campbell said.

"The hope is most of the councillors are able to attend all of the get-togethers.

"I will be in attendance at each one of them.”

As well as hearing from attendees, Cr Campbell said four major topics of discussion would be on the agenda at the events.

Top of the list will be the region's roads.

"That will be a good story,” he said.

"We have received a considerable number of glowing compliments.”

Other topics of conversation will include the economic development strategy, forward capital works program and the potential of introducing new rating categories.

"Other nearby council regions have different categories for rural properties,” Cr Campbell said.

"For example, an agricultural farm versus a farm that might have feedlot or piggery.

"The CEO is exploring those possible avenues.

"Not to say they will be implemented, but we will take a look at it and determine the impact and effect on ratepayers.”

The mayor encouraged all ratepayers to head to one of the two-hour Listening Tour sessions.

"We want to continue to grow the relationship between the constituents and council,” he said.

"I believe that will grow from the point of view of this council acting in a very open and transparent way.

"We will share information and share with them the issues that impact on us as a council in running this business.

"There is no smoke and mirrors.”

2019 South Burnett Regional Council Listening Tour venues

Monday, September 16

Maidenwell (Maidenwell Hotel) 6-8pm

Tuesday, October 8

Proston (Proston Community Hall) 1-3pm

Durong (Durong Hall) 6-8pm

Wednesday, October 9

Kingaroy (Town Hall Reception Room) 1-3pm

Kumbia (Kumbia Hall Supper Room) 6-8pm

Thursday, October 10

Blackbutt-Benarkin (Blackbutt Memorial Hall) 1-3pm

Nanango (Nanango RSL) 6-8pm

Friday October 11

Wondai (Wondai Town Hall) 1-3pm

Murgon (Murgon Town Hall) 6-8pm

Monday October 21

Bunya Mountains (Poppies on the Hill) 1-3pm