'My magic mum is my hero'
THE first person Kylie Stoneman called after submitting her council election nomination was her inspirational mum.
Mally McMurtie was a councillor in both Stanthorpe and the Southern Downs who served for almost 18 years, including four years as a deputy mayor.
It was the example Mrs McMurtie set her four daughters that Division 4 candidate Ms Stoneman will never forget.
A trail blazer in her own right, Ms Stoneman's mother has been both a mentor and loving parent.
So on Monday when Ms Stoneman handed her nomination to the Ipswich returning officer at the WG Hayden Community Centre there was one person she thought of.
"I rang mum...and we both shed a tear," Ms Stoneman said.
"Mum has been successful in everything that she has done.
"She raised four girls and she taught us how to be strong and organised and how to get things done.
"She did all of that as a woman in country Queensland.
"It is a bit humbling that she is now proud of me, when I grew up being proud of her.
"Mum knew when I decided to do this that it wasn't a half hearted job I was going to do.
"So it was very emotional.
"I watched her represent her community with energy and compassion and I'm ready to serve mine."
Ms Stoneman has learned plenty about how to approach her run at council while working as a staffer for Blair MP Shayne Neumann, who is known for his attention to policy detail and comprehensive grass roots campaigning.
Her mother provided early guidance on what it takes to be a successful councillor.
"She was definitely committed and it was all about knowing the information," Ms Stoneman said.
"For many hours she'd be sitting there reading all sorts of documents.
"A very thorough councillor she was.
"To be taken seriously she had to know her stuff and that is all about researching and making sure you do understand what you are saying.
"She learned how to get that balance right with family and work.
"I learned a lot from her in that regard."
It is not just her daughter that has benefited from Mrs McMurtie's guidance.
She is a life member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association and has assisted many women to attain their dreams in what has often been a man's world.
"Mum is a mentor with the ALGWA and she has been giving me advice all along," she said.
"That organisation explains to people what they are getting into."
Ms Stoneman said she also learned off her mother not to promise more than you can follow through on.
"I don't think it is good to make comments and promises just to get a vote if you can't actually deliver that," she said.