Brent has the backing of Premier
CAMPBELL Newman is hoping his landslide State Government victory can help one of his closest local government allies.
The Queensland Premier has thrown his support behind incumbent Scenic Rim mayor John Brent, his former deputy on the Queensland Council of Mayors.
Dubbing him a "can-do mayor", Mr Newman said Cr Brent had performed well as the inaugural mayor of the amalgamated Scenic Rim council.
"John Brent is passionate about serving the people of the Scenic Rim," Mr Newman said.
"He handled the formidable task of amalgamation with professionalism and dedication.
"John has a vision for the future that includes jobs, infrastructure and investment without compromising the Scenic Rim lifestyle."
Cr Brent, who was rumoured to be running for the state seat of Beaudesert and contend for the role as Mr Newman's deputy, said he was pleased to have the support of the Premier.
"(I'm) honoured by the Premier's support, especially given the timing so soon after the state election," he said.
Cr Brent has been a mayor for 18 years, having served as mayor of the Scenic Rim since its creation in 2008 and as mayor of Boonah for 14 years before that.