ELECTION TIME: Ellen Smith is running for Division 4 in the upcoming Council election.
ELECTION TIME: Ellen Smith is running for Division 4 in the upcoming Council election. Chris Ison Rokcelection

Ellen Smith wants to focus on a Gracemere High School

AFTER 12 years in local government, Ellen Smith is hoping to cement her position as the Division 4 councillor for another term.

The Rockhampton Regional Councillor said she decided to run again because of her love of local government and the community and a will to see her various projects completed.

"There are still projects which I want to see carried through," Ms Smith said.

"For instance, the establishment of the library in Gracemere and a PCYC.

"I want to see more money spent on our roads, especially in our rural areas. (These areas) also don't get water and sewerage and all the things town people enjoy.

"I would like to see more of our unsealed roads and streets upgraded to bitumen standard."

Ms Smith went on to list concrete footpaths for Gracemere and Bouldercombe, the completion of the Cedric Archer Park upgrade, a four lane highway from Yeppen roundabout to the Gavial-Gracemere Rd and said pedestrian and traffic safety in Lawrie St was a critical issue.

But it was the Gracemere High School top of Ms Smith's list.

"The most important thing I want to stand for is as an advocate for a high school in Gracemere," she said.

"I know it's a State Government issue but it's important that we push this proposal as well.

"We have given our full support from day one, as we know the community wants a high school.

"It would make so much of a difference to everyone."

About Ellen

Ellen Smith was born in the Kabra area and attended the Gracemere State School and the Range College High School.

She travelled Australia extensively in her "younger" years but has lived in division 4 for most of her life and has called her Bouldercombe farm home for the past 25 years.

Ellen worked in the fuel industry for 30 years and is also a qualified disability respite carer and justice of the peace.

She served on the Fitzroy Shire Council from 2000 to 2008, was the Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008, took a four year break and was then re-elected in 2012.



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