KEEN INTEREST: Although retiring as councillor, Banana Shire Deputy Mayor Warren Middleton plans to keep tabs as the local government elections draw nearer.
KEEN INTEREST: Although retiring as councillor, Banana Shire Deputy Mayor Warren Middleton plans to keep tabs as the local government elections draw nearer.

Councillor keen for healthy competition this election

AFTER four terms as councillor, Banana Shire Council Deputy Mayor and Division 2 councillor Warren Middleton is calling it quits.

Not standing for the March 28 local government elections, Mr Middleton (69) said that he looks forward to a competitive election campaign.

"I know there are two to three councillors there now who are standing again," Mr Middleton said.

"I hope we get some competition out there for people wanting to be councillors for the future.

"It's good to see debate among the locals and gives the community the chance to think about who is the right fit going forward."

Across his 16 years with council Mr Middleton said he's proud of a number of council projects that have benefited the region.

"What we've achieved at Lake Callide has been a really good thing for the community," Mr Middleton said.

"Lions Park and Melton Park I'm proud of.

"We're slowly but surely developing the land in Raedon street for industrial purposes which is a great thing to advance our industry and commercial interests."

Mr Middleton also believes that council give every town in the Banana Shire a 'fair go' under their budget.

"Budgets are always tough in this day and age and the climate we are in," Mr Middleton said.

"We have a small rate base of 14,000 people and we've got twelve towns.

"It'll always be a struggle to provide everything that everybody wants."

Mr Middleton hopes that the elected council can work closely together and not as opposition to each other.

"I've enjoyed working with all the councillors I've been involved with," Mr Middleton said.

"We've had a good cross-section of councillors in the last term."

Mr Middleton will move into a retirement village with his wife in Yeppoon when his tenure with council officially ends.



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