76-vote mayor gives hope to Aboriginals
PAULIE Adams is the man who became mayor with 76 votes.
The new Woorabinda mayor, who picks up between $46,830 and $93,660 in the role, yesterday promised an era of transparency and accountability as he looks to take the Aboriginal community forward.
And he’s already hit back at critics who claim he’s “an out-of-towner”.
Cr Adams has spent the past four or five years working with the Central Queensland Indigenous Development in Rockhampton.
However, he describes himself as a Woorabinda man and says he met all the eligibility criteria for the role of mayor.
“I will show people through my actions,” Cr Adams said.
“I will be transparent with everyone in the community and all stakeholders.”
He said he was surprised to win Saturday’s election, but it “felt really good”.
Out of about 500 people, 209 voted.
The new leader paid tribute to former mayor Roderick Tobane, “a powerful representative” for the community.
“I can’t fill his shoes, but I can try with the support of the other councillors to get on with the job,” Cr Adams said.
It’s been a hectic start since he was sworn in on Wednesday.
Cr Adams said he’d participated in many meetings as he gets out and about into the community.
He said a key role was keeping communication channels open with all stakeholders.
“I want to be active in the community, attending meetings at school and with other groups,” Cr Adams said.
“At the end of the day I can’t do this alone and need the services of everyone to come on board.”
He said key areas of focus would include housing, services for the youth and the further development of council’s corporate plan.