SCENIC Rim business owner, Keer Moriarty, today announced her intention to nominate as a candidate for Division 2, Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Queensland local government elections on March 28.
Ms Moriarty has been the editor and owner of The Canungra Times newspaper since 2010 and will contest the position currently held by Cr Nadia O'Carroll.
Ms Moriarty, who played a vital role in helping others during the recent Canungra bushfires said in addition to running her business and raising two children, she was heavily involved in community work.
"My association with The Canungra Times has led to a real passion for working for the community," she said.
Ms Moriarty was involved in the establishment of the Canungra Chamber of Commerce, the revitalisation of the Canungra Show and was one of the driving forces behind the Canungra & District Community Bank, which is about to open a Customer Service Centre in Beaudesert.
Ms Moriarty said she first moved to the Scenic Rim (then Beaudesert Shire) in 1996 and had lived and worked in Beaudesert and Canungra.
"I have formed strong links with people and community organisations throughout the region," she said.
"I believe the people in Division 2 need a councillor who will work very hard and be connected to the diverse communities in that division.
"That is what I thrive on - hard work and connection.
"If elected, my goal will be to remain engaged with residents throughout the division, from Veresdale Scrub, Gleneagle through Tamborine Village, Tamborine Mountain, Wonglepong and everywhere in between, representing their concerns at council level.
Ms Moriarty said the population growth predicted for the Scenic Rim made planning and infrastructure issues paramount to maintaining the rural lifestyle that residents valued.
"Good planning is essential to keep our region attractive to residents and visitors," she said.
"We need to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to maintain the amenity for residents and cater for people moving to the area.
"I want to work with the community, council representatives and the state government to get the best possible results for Division 2 and for the Scenic Rim."