Councillor's visions and projects for 2019
SOUTH Burnett Regional Councillor, Ros Heit is back to work and excited to pull up her sleeves and start ticking off her 2019 projects.
After an eventful 2018, Cr Heit has hit the ground running and looking forward to getting into action for the next 12 months.
She said the Coopers Gap Wind Farm would be a focus.
"The wind farm is obviously a big thing,” she said.
"We are looking at getting a really good viewing platform.
"We'd like people to come out to the Bunyas, go to the wind farm and then go into Kumbia for a coffee or a meal.”
Wooroolin camping ground can look forward to a sealed path in the next few months.
"We had over 3000 nights of accommodation for our campers here last year,” she said.
The sealed road will be a welcome addition for the many events held at the camping grounds including the CWA markets, lions' events and the women in work-shirts walk.
2018 was a proud year for Wondai residents, picking up the state's tidiest town award and the cleanest school award.
Cr Heit said she was expecting more big things in 2019 for the home of parkrun.
"We had 270 people at the Wondai Running Festival last year, we are hoping for over 300 this year,” she said.
"We are getting some much needed upgrades to the art gallery including extensions and a kitchen upgrade.”
As patron of Wondai's Art Gallery, Cr Heit praised the hard work of the volunteers who make the gallery a must-see for visitors to the area.
"They are such a fantastic group of volunteers, they are such an asset,” she said.
Wondai's anticipated dog park is getting that much closer to completion with a little help from their friends.
"We have started on the dog park, we are still waiting to get the water sorted,” Cr Heit said.
"The Murgon Men's Shed is making bits of equipment for the park.”
Roads are a priority right across the region and Cr Heit said it was a big focus in Durong this year.
"Council has committed to grading every road, so we have put a lot more money into that area,” she said.
While the roads has been a huge talking point, Cr Heit said it shouldn't be the only focus for our region.
"It is no good if council spends everything on roads and forgets everything else.”
Cr Heit said she had learnt a lot from last year and shared some of her biggest lessons from 2018.
"I sometimes run myself ragged and I have just got to manage my time,” she said.
"Sometimes I have to put a bit more work-life balance into my life.
"I enjoy a bit of sport and spending time with family.”
As a councillor, Cr Heit is regularly in the public eye and she knows only too well that brings with it an element of criticism.
"There is always something you could have done better or communicated better,” she said.
"Often it isn't what you did, it's that people perceived it a certain way and I should have communicated it better.
"Life is all about learning and doing things better.”
The passionate councillor had a message for all South Burnett residents for the year ahead.
"I think we are in a good place, we have a lot to do but we are going in the right direction,” she said.
"We need to bring the community along on the journey with us, we need to explain more.
"We need to continue working to promote our local businesses and encourage tourism because we need more people to come here.
"It's not our job to makes businesses happen, but what we need to do is make sure the infrastructure is there so as not to hinder people's businesses.”
This time next year, the next election will be looming and Cr Heit was very keen to put her hand up again.
"I definite plan to, I love the job,” she said.
"I love the sense of satisfaction when you've improved something for the community or helped people.
"Hopefully the community want me to stand and want me back as their representative.”