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Jones goes for fourth term at upcoming council elections

LOCKYER Valley Mayor Steve Jones has announced his intention to seek re-election at the upcoming general council elections.

It will be the fourth mayoral campaign he has contested.

Cr Jones, who was first elected to council in 1997, said he had unfinished business and was not contemplating hanging up his hat before it was done.

He said he loved the region, its people and looked forward to steering it though an even more prosperous future.

"The opportunity in the Lockyer Valley is unbelievable ... it is such a unique region," he said.

"There is so much more we can do surrounding agriculture and horticulture, and I certainly want to be a part of that."

Cr Jones, who won more than 60% of the vote at the 2012 council election, said he understood three other people would contest the mayoral race this year.

It is a far cry from the single opponent he has experienced for much of his civic life.

IN THE RACE: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones.
IN THE RACE: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones. Derek Barry

"At the end of the day it is up to the people to decide who they want to see as their mayor, and their representative," he said.

"But in saying that I believe I have shown very strong leadership since I was first elected as mayor in 2004, especially through the past two disasters.

"I have always gone into this with the goal of making the region a better place than when I first started out."

Cr Jones said the current council had achieved some great things over the past four years, especially surrounding the $71 million cannery project.

He said the project was critical to the region as it would provide much-needed jobs and ongoing economic benefits into the future.

"It is hard to say whether the same people will be around the council table once the election is run and won," he said.

"We have some excellent councillors who are extremely passionate about their work and the region.

"I hope those people are there again."

Statewide council elections will be held on Saturday, March 19.

Topics:  council elections, ipswich, lockyer, mayor, steve jones, valley



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