BOONAH businesswoman Caz Osborne has confirmed she will stand for Division 5 in the upcoming March 28 local government election.
"I will bring a new energy and fresh ideas to how Division 5 is represented," Ms Osborne said.
"I have a great passion for the Scenic Rim, and I am very connected to its people and places."
Ms Osborne said she was not suggesting that the current councillors and mayor were not doing a good job.
"I have a lot of respect for our elected representatives and I a have strong desire to be part of the team that creates a better and more sustainable future for our Region, its community, people and our visitors. "
Living and running small businesses in Division 5 for some years, Ms Osborne said she brought a strong record of Scenic Rim community volunteering, working for and with councils across south east Queensland and previous directorship on boards.
Ms Osborne was a past secretary and president of Boonah Scouts, Treasurer CWA Boonah, committee member of Scenic Rim Aqua Fitness Centre, and current membership officer of Destination Scenic Rim - the peak local tourism organisation for Scenic Rim.
"Economic, environmental and social challenges facing Division 5 residents are real," she said.
"People are hurting - businesses and farms are doing it tough - jobs are few.
"We've been struggling in drought conditions then hit by bush fires, now it's raining.
"But the people in this region are hardworking, passionate about what they do, and we can overcome these obstacles."
"That's why as the Division 5 councillor, I'll work flat out listening to the residents and representing their interests.
"I've worked hard as a local business owner over the years in Boonah and Mt Alford and employing local young people, while supporting local businesses and farmers."
Ms Osborne said it was important for councillors and the mayor to have strong, robust relationships with all levels of government.
"I believe I have very good relationships with both Scott Buchholz and Jon Krause.
"When needed, I will work and advocate with them on behalf of the residents of Division 5.
"I will not just palm them off with 'sorry that's a state or federal issue' - that's a cop out".
Ms Osborne said the Scenic Rim and in particular division 5, was an amazing place to live, work and play.
"Together, we can make a difference, and I welcome your input," she said.
"Your voice matters. I will make it heard."