Councillor Chris Wilson says being self-employed at his business, Wilson Brother's Finance, gives him more flexibility as a councillor.
Councillor Chris Wilson says being self-employed at his business, Wilson Brother's Finance, gives him more flexibility as a councillor. Francis Witsenhuysen

Meet the youngest Lockyer Valley Councillor ever elected

AT 31 years of age, Chris Wilson is the youngest Lockyer Valley councillor to ever be elected.

Born and bred in Laidley, Cr Wilson went to school at St Mary’s, but then travelled to high school each day at Downlands College in Toowoomba.

Cr Wilson is married and has an eight-month-old son.

“I love being a father; he’s a really good baby and he’s getting plenty of sleep,” he said.

Cr Wilson is also a business owner with his brother Anthony.

“We own Wilson Brothers Finance, it’s been going for a couple of years now,” he said.

“We made the move to the new building, coincidently three months ago, when the election was happening.

Cr Wilson said he ran for council because he had always had a strong interest in the Lockyer Valley.

“It’s something I always had ambition to do and I wanted to put my hand up and make a difference,” Cr Wilson said.

“When I ran I was a little unsure, being a younger candidate.

“But as the election process kept going, I gained more confidence from the feedback I was getting.

“Being elected is definitely an achievement for me.”

Having a young family of his own, Chris said he wanted to make the Lockyer Valley the best it could be.

“I want my son to grow up here,” he said.

“The best way to do that is being on council myself.”

Cr Wilson said being a councillor had been a positive experience so far.

“It’s only early days, but I love getting out and talking to people in the community.

“When I ran for council I wanted to do it properly and really be available if needed. Being self-employed allowed for that.”


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