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Bryce brings beef to Southern Downs council election

HE MAY have missed out at the 2010 bi-election, but Douglas Bryce is ready for another shot at representing Southern Downs residents.

The resident of 51 years has announced he will run as a councillor candidate at the March election.

In 2010, Mr Bryce had 2326 votes - around 1000 less votes than winner Cr Jo McNally.

This time around the candidate is hoping his campaign platform will appeal to the community.

According to Mr Bryce, his key priorities are jobs, progress and accountability.

He is focused on the council's "challenging" financial position, which he believes will require careful and prudent management.

"There is a need for the council to be more pro-active and focused on attracting and retaining investment," he said.

"Too often we hear about businesses walking away because it's just too difficult.

"If we want to attract and develop business and industry we need to assist not obstruct."

The candidate said he was passionate about growing the region's agricultural sector.

Mr Bryce was raised on a sheep property and has owned several rural properties while working for more than a decade with Primac.

He said he is no stranger to the challenges facing the Southern Downs agricultural sector.

In 2010 the Bryce-family owned Freestone Feedlot was placed in voluntary administration after the closure of the Killarney Abattoir.

Mr Bryce said there was a need for adequate and transparent regulation to "encourage prosperity for producers in the area".

Tourism is also on Mr Bryce's agenda.

He said the Southern Downs was "in the box seat" due to its proximity to Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Wellcamp Airport.

"We have a clean, green environment with first class medical and educational facilities, quality affordable housing and a lower cost of living all within a two hour drive of the state's capital and the Gold Coast," he said.

"Our tourism officers work hard to promote our region and we need to continue to capitalise on these attributes."

Mr Bryce has served with Warwick community organisations including the Rotary Club and the Warwick Picnic Races.

He has more than 15 years of service with Rotary, including a stint as president.

He is also a long-standing Picnic Races committee member, serving a term as president as well.

With six weeks until the election, Mr Bryce said he planned on speaking to residents about what is important to them.

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