Civic leaders celebrate 15 years of service
SOUTHERN Downs Mayor Peter Blundell and Councillor Denise Ingram first met handing out how-to-vote cards outside the Stanthorpe polling booth in 1995 and both are still working hard for the region.
Cr Ingram said she had been living in Stanthorpe for six years when she decided to run as a councillor.
"I did a lot of welfare-related work and felt they were under-represented," she said.
"I wanted to represent the needs of the young and old and everyday sort of people."
Cr Blundell said after 15 years he still loved the job.
"I joined for the same reason the majority do," he said.
"My passion for the community and to help influence and drive how the community grows and develops.
"I absolutely love it."
The mayor said it was difficult to pick one memorable moment.
"I have lots of favourite moments," he said.
"One would have to be announcing to the Granite Belt Tourism Association they would be getting their building on the creek.
"And being elected as mayor was a huge highlight."
Councillor Ingram said there had been several changes over the years.
"The changes sort of creep up on you," she said.
"Amalgamation was a huge change.
"But we have pulled the two groups together and managed to work as a region."
Cr Blundell said there had been changes in the buildings and developments going up around the region as well.