Jennifer Sanders to contest Division 4 in March council elections

COUNCIL: Jennifer Sanders is contesting Division 4 against Michael Enright.

COUNCIL: Jennifer Sanders is contesting Division 4 against Michael Enright.

FORMER Scenic Rim councillor Jennifer Sanders has announced her intention to contest Division 4 in the upcoming council elections.

Ms Sanders said she hoped to bring her board knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, strategic planning, risk and financial management to the Scenic Rim Regional Council in the elections and will focus on getting "back to basics" with reviews of chief executive performance, budgets and rates, services levels and standards, infrastructure and maintenance for 2020.

"My focus will be on improving business confidence, working to find options and solutions to attract more jobs to the area along with promoting the region to bring more people to live and to visit," she said.

"I am energetic, hard-working and enthusiastic about my community and I have executive leadership experience and qualifications.

"I want to do the best I can to make life better for the residents of Scenic Rim.

"I have studied for more than 12 years to make sure I have the knowledge and understanding of town planning and legislation to be a councillor.

Ms Sanders said she had held senior positions on a number of committees and won the state government inaugural Women in Local Government bursary in 2009 along with the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program scholarship 2014.

Having worked for Beaudesert and Logan councils, she said she was also an active member of the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce and other groups to continue her focus on personal and professional development and community engagement.

Ms Sanders said she had been president and board chair with Beaucare for four years and was currently vice chair.

"Beaucare won the Scenic Rim Business Excellence award for Community organisation in 2019 for its wonderful work," she said.

"I helped the organisation make major changes over the past five years and become a finalist for association turnaround awards."

Ms Sanders said she was currently director of LGIAsuper and the Queensland Justices Association and had recently completed a two year appointment on the ARTC (Inland rail) community consultative committee, being chosen for that role due to her local community connections, relationships and communication networks as well as her knowledge of disciplines related to planning, infrastructure and land management.

With a background in management and financial control of small business, Ms Sanders said she was also an elected councillor from 2012 to 2016 and chair of the planning and development committee for the same period.

Ms Sanders said she had been a Justice of the Peace since 2007, held a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Australian Studies, a graduate certificate in development processing, Diploma of Local Government (Planning) and Project Management, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Superannuation Essentials and RG146 (superannuation regulations).

Division 4 comprises Beaudesert, Kooralbyn, Kagaru, Undullah, Bromelton, Josephville, Laravale and parts of Gleneagle.