Tanya Milligan sworn in as new Lockyer Valley Mayor
Tanya Milligan was sworn in as the first female mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Friday afternoon, describing it as a ‘humbling’ experience.
Acknowledging not just her ‘great mentor’ Steve Jones, but also former Laidley Mayor Shirley Pitt, Cr Milligan said the election campaign was long, as well as ‘bittersweet’.
"I certainly learned a lot from Steve, and while people say I have big shoes to fill, Steve would have told me to wear my own shoes," Cr Milligan said.
"I intend to govern with my own style, and put my own mark on things."
Cr Milligan flagged a number of changes to how the council will operate, saying just because it had been done before, it would not be done the same in the future.
"I will continue to protect the region’s prime agricultural land from anything that will be detrimental to our beautiful lifestyle and to our region."
A water pipeline from Wivenhoe Dam to provide water security would also be a high priority issue, Cr Milligan said, in conjunction with neighbouring councils.
"My intent is to continue to grow the community in line with community expectations, and encourage future development and opportunities."
Relationships with State and Federal governments will also be high on Cr Milligan’s agenda, including lobby the Queensland government for improved public transport throughout the Lockyer Valley.
Cr Milligan said portfolio councillors would be free to speak directly with media, effectively overturning a previous council edict that only the Mayor had this freedom.
"My emphasis is on changing culture and promoting a cohesive team of people who love the Lockyer as much as I do."