COUNCILLOR Michael Enright has announced his intention to seek re-election as councillor for Division 4 in the Scenic Rim Regional Council election on March 28.
Cr Enright said he had been grateful for the support received from the community since the 2016 election and looked forward to the opportunity to continue providing a true voice for residents pursuing his efforts in building stronger communities.
Cr Enright has lived in Beaudesert his entire life and as a long-standing member of the Beaudesert community, said with 40 years of business knowledge and experience along with four decades of voluntary contribution he had demonstrated his commitment and love of the area and its people.
During the 2016 local government elections Cr Enright said community' must be central to everything we do and that he would represent all sectors of our community under four interconnected priorities - residents, lifestyle, local economy and environment.
Since then he said he had listened and acted extensively on behalf of residents and provided true consultation and representation on behalf of the community.
"Through this time many strengths, challenges and opportunities have been identified with many immediate concerns resolved and future needs addressed, including securing a 180 hectare property on Beaudesert's east for future community infrastructure," Cr Enright said.
"Without doubt one of the main reasons people choose to live in the Scenic Rim is for the lifestyle.
"Throughout the past four years, the communities of Kooralbyn and Beaudesert have benefitted significantly with new Playgrounds in Billabong Park and Jubilee Park.
"Additional Park land has been secured to meet the future needs of our growing community in Beaudesert's Spring Creek corridor.
Cr Enright said working with the community had been the cornerstone of his role as councillor.
"The outcome of this involvement has produced some amazing results in both the Kooralbyn and Beaudesert communities," he said.
"Perhaps the most visible has been the transformation of Beaudesert's town centre during the lead up to Christmas."
Since 2016, Cr Enright worked with other passionate community-minded people, including Finella Loch, Shelly Currie, and many other individuals, community groups and businesses, who together transformed the town centre to bring back the Christmas Spirit to Beaudesert.
"This has brought visitors to our region, supported local business and showed the immense community pride we have for our town," he said.
Cr Enright said he also worked diligently with council executive and officers to finalise the new Scenic Rim Planning Scheme that, once approved by the state government, would provide much improved residential developments in the future.
"This new planning scheme will better address the lifestyle that our regional communities expect and will help shape the future look and functionality of our residential precincts with larger average lot sizes and more appropriate density levels," he said.
In this term of council, Cr Enright said he had pushed for transformational change to increase support for local business.
"This has occurred through building relationships between council and the Chambers of Commerce and and individual businesses, as well as increasing council's support for local businesses through actively seeking a Buy Local' principle," he said.
Cr Enright said he had been active in developing strong connections with local businesses and supporting new and growing businesses, including the local arts community.
"This was demonstrated recently at the Arts Ablaze Conference held at Kooralbyn where artists were provided mentoring and skills development workshops," he said.
"Over the past four years significant infrastructure investment in roads and bridges throughout Division 4 has been undertaken.
"This included the replacement of ageing load-limited timber bridges with new concrete structures at Brookland, Ferguson Reserve, Josephville and S. Todd Bridges as well as significant road upgrades of Kilmoylar Road and Thiedeke Road.
"This investment will ensure that reliable access to farming properties and industry is maintained for these vital sectors of our local economy.
"One of the most exciting boosts for our local economy is the further development of the Beaudesert Business Park industrial estate with the expansion of Enterprise Drive."
Cr Enright said through discussion with local business he was instrumental in the expansion of the Beaudesert Business Park being identified as a key opportunity for growth and development for our small to medium enterprises.
"This has resulted in a $10.7 million joint investment, by council and the state government's Building Our Regions Fund, to carry out the development of the remaining 10.9 hectare site, commencing in 2020," he said.
"This will bring further business investment and employment opportunities to our area.
Cr Enright said he had also been a strong advocate for individuals and environmental groups through funding in the Environmental Grant program.
"I am also a strong believer that the right development should be in the right location, to protect our unique and precious environment," he said.
Cr Enright said he was looking for community support to continue this momentum over the next four years, during which time he would continue to advocate for the people of Division 4 and for the wider Scenic Rim region, through engagement and consultation with all sectors of our community, to plan for and provide for current and future needs.
"My vision for the future is that our communities will have a strong local economy with a diverse range of local employment opportunities, a relaxed lifestyle, a valued environment, and most importantly, the appropriate social infrastructure that encourages people to come together to help build stronger communities," he said.