SCENIC Rim Mayor John Brent paid tribute to his friend and colleague Steve Jones on the weekend, referring to him as "the quintessential bush politician".

"The Lockyer Valley community has lost a champion and a true man of the people," Cr Brent said.

"Steve will be remembered as a passionate advocate for not only the residents of the Lockyer Valley but also rural and regional Queensland.

"I had the privilege of counting Steve as both a mayoral colleague and a good mate going back to the days of the former Gatton and Boonah shires.

"He was a dynamic figure in the local government landscape and arguably the quintessential bush politician. Always prepared to call it as he saw it, Steve was fearless in his representation for his region and the interests of rural communities.

"Not one to take a backward step, it was indeed a brave individual who found themselves at the opposing end of an argument with Steve Jones. But underneath a tough exterior was a decent, loyal and courageous man, a soft and caring individual with a special brand of country humour. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ann, his family, and his extended Lockyer Valley family at this time."

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