ELECTION: Get to know your Banana Shire candidates
TODAY we will introduce you to the Banana Shire Council candidates that have nominated for the local government elections to date.
Each candidate, mayoral and councillors, were asked to provide a brief introduction to themselves.
Cr Brooke Leo (Division 5), Cr Terri Boyce (Division 6), Cr Colin Semple (Division 40 and Division 2 candidate Judy Penders failed to provide anything by the due date.
The election will be held on Saturday, March 28.
Mayoral Candidate-Nev Ferrier
My family bought an irrigation farm in Dululu in 1965 and I have been in the area since then. After working on the farm at the age of 19 I bought a body truck and started carting thoughout the shire for the next 30 years.
We also had the store in Dululu in the 70s and 80s, and I also contracted on mine sites throughout the Bowen Basin.
My wife Esmay and I bought the Dululu Hotel in 2003 which we ran for five years.
In 2004 I stood for council and was elected.
Amalgamation came in 2008 and I stood for Division 4 and was elected and again in 2012.
In 2016 I was elected Mayor, which is the position I am standing for again.
Esmay and I have been married for 43 years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.
The Banana Shire is a great place to raise a family.
Division 3 Candidate- Phillip Casey
I have been married to Debbie (Nee Webb) since 1977.
We have three children, Matthew, Nicholas and Taryn and two grandchildren, Xavier and River.
Since moving to Thangool in 1981 I have volunteered in many organisations across the shire, many in founding roles and was privileged to be awarded the Australia Day Citizen award in 1996.
I have extensive small business experience and before moving to the shire held management positions in major retail, hotel and catering companies.
During my years of employment in Local and State Government I have acquired broad practical experience in economic and community development.
I see myself as a practical person and problem solver.
I understand that the success of the council is about people, delivering services in a financially responsible manner and actively participating in the leadership team that delivers responsible local government.
My Achilles heel – Debbie.
Division 2 Candidate- Colin Nevell
I moved with my family to Biloela in 1962.
I attended Biloela State Primary School then Biloela State High School until I started my apprenticeship as a tradesman painter.
I have run my own painting business since 1973.
I have also worked in real estate and car industry sales.
I am married to Colleen and we have raised two children, Sarah and Luke.
I have been a member of the Biloela Valleys Football Club for over 35 years; and have been recognised with life membership of the club and a Banana Shire Council Australia Day Sports Coach/Administrator Award.
I have enjoyed being involved with the club as a player, coach, groundsman, committee member and fundraiser.
I have been an active member of the Callide Valley Lions Club since January 1998.
During this time I have served as President and Vice President, been part of the Lions Youth of the Year Program and the recycling of glass and aluminium in the community by the Lions Club.
I have enjoyed being involved in many of the activities in the Biloela and wider community over many years.
Division 1 Candidate- Jason William s
My name is Jason Williams.
I am married to Catherine and we have three sons.
Catherine and I have lived in Biloela for the last 33 years.
We have two businesses in Biloela, B & S Kitchens and Jumpping Beanz Embroidery.
Our involvement within the community has spanned the years we have lived in Biloela.
After 25 years in the Biloela Apex Club I have been awarded Life Membership of Apex Australia.
Other community involvement includes 18 years with the local Swimming Club and 18 years with the Biloela Valleys FC of which I am a Life Member.
I have also been a member and a Board member of the Biloela Chamber of Commerce.
I consider Biloela and Banana Shire as my home.
After living and working in the Shire all my life I believe I have a good knowledge of the Banana Shire and it residents.
My passion is working with communities and their residents to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.