NEW Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell says he has spent his first week taking the first steps towards implementing his campaign policy.
Cr Blundell said he wanted to thank the electorate for the faith they have shown in their councillors and for electing him as its leader.
"The past four years have been challenging and our community has been clear about what they want to see changed," Cr Blundell said.
"I look forward to working with our team to bring about these changes and engender pride in Council services.
"This begins with the budgeting process and ensuring the 10 year financial forecast reflects the priorities of the community.
"Budget meetings for the next financial year are to begin on the 28th of this month and I have immense trust in the new Chair of Corporate Services, Jo McNally, to work with myself, the Corporate Services Directorate and Council team to ensure we tackle the key issues that are so important to the community."
Cr Blundell said an invigorated lobbying policy was also one of his campaign platforms.
"This week I attended the opening of parliament as a guest of our local member and Minister for Health, Lawrence Springborg and had the opportunity to meet with many of the new ministers," he said.
"Our relationship with the new LNP government will be instrumental in ensuring we can deliver improved efficiencies and services and I plan to spend a significant amount of time on George St to build on these relationships.
"I am already impressed with the logical approach the new government is taking, however it will take time for the state budget to be fixed given the mess they were left with, so we will all have to tighten our belts and assess priorities in the meantime."
Cr Blundell said delivering on the promise of achievement through co-operation, the new council would discuss the addition of councillor portfolios at a special meeting to be held on Monday.
"I believe we have a strong team who can work together to achieve collective goals," he said.
"The establishment of portfolios will help reduce the silos within council departments, provide councillors with a clear area of responsibility and ensure a more visible presence and accountability within the community."
In Saturday's print edition of the Daily News - the new mayor talks about the big decisions facing council for the rest of the year.