The Price is right: deputy mayor back on board for another four years
DEPUTY mayor Sue Price will sit another four years on Moree Plains Shire Council after preference vote-counting for the local government election was finalised mid-morning Saturday.
Cr Price has been a strong advocate for the Moree Plains rural sector – especially for the folk up Mungindi way, where she has been a resident since 1982 – and says she will continue to fight for economic growth and better employment opportunities right across the vast shire.
“I also want to ensure that the Moree Plains community has access to all of the services and facilities the people of our shire need,” Cr Price said.
“However, these services and facilities need to be provided within the current budget restrictions and by being financially responsible.”
Cr Price entered local government in 2008 after her two children, Romana and Samuel, completed schooling.
“That gave me more time to dedicate to such an undertaking,” she said.
“I have enjoyed working with mayor Katrina Humphries, the other councillors and the current council staff – all of whom do a great job advocating for the interests of all of Moree Plains Shire residents.
“Being a councillor has also enabled me to represent the shire and the broader region’s interests in a number of different forums,” she said.
Cr Price has worn many hats – and still does – during her two terms on Moree Plains Council.
She is the deputy chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane inland Rail Alliance – an advocate body for the inland rail project.
“This is a project I am particularly passionate about as I believe that it will bring significant economic and social benefits to rural Australia, including Moree Plains,” Cr Price said.
Cr Price is also treasurer – and now chair – of the Australian Rural Road Group as well as a board member of the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Arts North West and Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland NSW.
“The Australian Rural Road Group is focused on finding ways to fund rural roads and, in particular, look at ways to advocate for both State and Federal Governments to commit appropriate funding for this purpose, while Regional Development Australia supports economic development in our region” she said.
Cr Price is passionate about the Moree Plains and wants the region to prosper.
“This means maintaining and continuing to grow our local economy, which will benefit the shire and its people and attract new people and businesses to the region,” she said.
“I am committed to ensuring the survival of our rural way of life and want to continue to contribute to Moree Plains Shire.
“Now that I’m re-elected I hope to continue with the work already started during my last two terms, particularly with respect to the improvement of local roads and further progress towards the inland rail project.
“I also hope to continue to represent the interests of our shire on a broader, State and national level.
“Also, I am very pleased that we now have a result, and that we can all get on with working together for the betterment of our shire,” Cr Price said.
Words Copyright Bill Poulos, Image supplied