REVEALED: The councillors who will contest 2020 election
ON MARCH 28, 2020 South Burnett residents will take to the polls to decide on their councillors for the next four years.
As we draw closer to election time, we asked the six current South Burnett Regional councillors of their election intentions.
Who will contest their seat again and who will be stepping down?
ROZ FROHLOFF (DIVISION 1)
In 2016, Cr Frohloff was voted in as Division 1 councillor with 47.74 per cent of votes.
Cr Frohloff said she would definitely be contesting her seat for Division 1 in 2020.
"I believe we have made positive progress in this term and I wish to continue to be a part of it," she said.
"In my next term, if I am successful, I wish to still help my community groups in my division and South Burnett region, either from my discretionary funds or by once again rolling up my sleeves and helping them out wherever I can.
"As well as keep pushing to get the Nanango town water supply up to a much higher standard that people would be proud to drink."
GAVIN JONES (DIVISION 2)
In 2016, Division 2 councillor, Gavin Jones was voted in with 32.51 per cent of votes.
He is proud of what he has achieved with the road portfolio and is passionate about running again.
"I want to finish off what I have started with these roads," he said.
"I want to be a part of the finished project.
"I have just been voted onto the Tourism Advisory Committee, so that is another challenge to get tourism back on track.
"I want to continue working for the people."
DANITA POTTER (DIVISION 3)
In 2016, Division 3 councillor, Danita Potter won with 33.95 per cent of votes.
Cr Danita Potter says she has a lot of projects she needs to see through.
"During this current term we have achieved many things that we had set out to do and my personal favourites are the town entry signage and roads," she said.
"There is so much happening at the moment that I feel I would be doing a disservice to the community if I didn't run again.
"That, along with the fact that I love my work and I look forward to continuing working in our wonderful community."
TERRY FLEISCHFRESSER (DIVISION 4)
In 2016, Division 4 councillor, Terry Fleischfresser won with 53.38 per cent of the vote.
Cr Fleischfresser has been involved with council in the region - Kingaroy council, and the South Burnett Regional Council - since the early 2000s.
As the town planning portfolio holder, he is the first to say when he first took on the portfolio, there were dramatic problems to resolve.
"We had a terrible reputation," he said.
He is proud to say they have now turned that around.
"In Kratzmann's last year of council, they did 435 building applications, in our first year we did 888," he said.
Every year since then it has grown immeasurably."
KATHY DUFF (DIVISION 5)
Division 5 councillor and Deputy Mayor, Kathy Duff won the 2016 election unopposed.
She has no inclination to step down.
"I intend to put my hand up again to do what I love the most and that is serving the community," she said.
"I have 15 years' experience, lots of enthusiasm and lots of things that I still want to do for the community.
"I also think that I bring to the council table the voice of rural people as I live on a property and I understand their issues.
"I think we have a fantastic region and I really care about our community."
ROS HEIT (DIVISION 6)
In 2016, Division 6 councillor, Ros Heit won with 61.48 per cent of the vote.
Cr Heit needed very little time to make her decision.
"I will absolutely be standing for Division 6 at the next election," she said.
Cr Heit said her election commitments in 2016 boiled down to three things: "Listen and address issues raised with me, research the information prior to making a decision so each decision is an informed one and work towards the best outcomes for the whole of the South Burnett".
Cr Heit said Division 6 was "by far the largest division, covering nearly half of the South Burnett and with 40 per cent of the region's roads".
"I spend a lot of time attending functions throughout my division and talking on the phone to listen to as many ratepayers as possible and hear their views," she said.
"I love being a councillor and very much hope that the residents of Division 6 would like me to continue to represent them for the next term."