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Clermont businessman sworn in as Councillor

A Clermont business identity has been sworn in as Division 1 Councillor at a special ceremony in Moranbah today.

Greg Austen was elected following a by-election on November 18, 2017 sparked by Dale Appleton’s resignation.

Mayor Anne Baker congratulated the newly elected Councillor during a ceremony at Moranbah Council Chambers.

“Councillor Austen will become a valuable member of our team and we all look forward to working with him to continue building Isaac’s future,” Mayor Baker said.

Councillor Austen has lived in the Clermont district for 30 years where he has worked as a horse breaker, ringer, professional singer and musician.

After marrying Marie, and having a family – Liz, Steve and Mick – Councillor Austen purchased the milk run for Clermont and surrounding districts.

He has also recently purchased a small cattle block north of Clermont and a number of local businesses.

Councillor Austen said he is a very strong supporter of local businesses and is well aware of the issues faced in this regional area.

“I’m really looking forward to working as the elected Councillor and contributing to a better Isaac,” he said.

Councillor Austen joins the team of Councillors which includes Division 2 Councillor Nick Wheeler, Division 3 Councillor Gina Lacey, Division 4 Councillor Peter Freeleagus, Division 5 Councillor Kelly Vea Vea, Division 6 Councillor Lyn Jones, Division 7 Councillor Jane Pickels and Division 8 Councillor Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel.

Mayor Baker acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Councillor Dale Appleton and all the candidates who nominated in the local government by-election for Division 1. Detailed results of the 2017 Division 1 By-Election are available on the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s website www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

 

ENDS

 

Image 1 (JPEG, 1.8MB): Division 1 Councillor Greg Austen is welcomed during a special ceremony at Moranbah Council Chambers today.

Image 2 (JPEG, 1.5MB): Councillor Greg Austen with Isaac Regional Council CEO Gary Stevenson PSM overseeing proceedings.

Image 3 (JPEG, 2MB): Isaac Regional Councillor Jane Pickels, Mayor Anne Baker, Councillor Gina Lacey, Councillor Kelly Vea Vea welcome Councillor Greg Austen during a special ceremony at Moranbah Council Chambers today.

 

For further information contact:
Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer: 4846 3333

 

 

5 December 2017