Division 7 Councillor Ross Sommerfeld today announced he'll be retiring at the end of this term and not contesting the local government election.
Cr Sommerfeld told the Council meeting today he's proud of what's been achieved in the 12 years since he was first elected in 2008.
“In 2008 the Bundaberg Region's water and sewerage infrastructure was outdated, inadequate and in some cases non-compliant,” he said.
“Drainage was in the too-hard basket and our roads program was ad-hoc and not suitable for growth.
“Our four planning schemes were outdated, restrictive and typically isolated and not encouraging investment in the region.”
Cr Sommerfeld said today there's road connectivity, drainage plans and infrastructure to serve the region for the next 20 to 30 years.
“Our new planning scheme promotes growth throughout the whole region. offers lifestyle choices that are associated with our population demographic, recognises our topography and geography, our regional communities and towns, our environmental constraints as well as short to medium opportunities for investors,” he said.
“The heavy lifting has been done and the cake has been baked.
“I am proud of my role in these fields and happy to let future Councils add an extra layer or ice the cake in a way that suits the future needs of our region.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey thanked Cr Ross Sommerfeld for his service.
“As a surveyor by profession, Ross brought detailed knowledge of the entire region and planning regulations which provided invaluable expertise to Council,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“I'd like to thank Ross for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”
Outside of Council, Ross has spent many years coaching and managing Wide Bay Juniors to State Cricket Championships. A life member of ATW Cricket Club, Ross Sommerfeld is currently president of Norths Cricket Club.
Cr Judy Peters and Cr Scott Rowleson have also announced they won't contest the election on 28 March.
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A great man, Council will miss him.
Congratulations Cr Sommerfeld on all you have achieved. Thank you also for your personal support as an East Bundaberg Rotary Exchange student in 1989. Such support enabled me to share ‘Good Old Bundy’ with others across the world and a continued love of living and travelling abroad. Rachel Nicholson (Stark)
We are BRC residents and will be interstate on election Day March 28. Can we vote early?
Hi Ross, Congratulations on making the hard decision to let go, you will be surely be missed as a professional council employee who has always tried to work with the public and not make a development process much harder than it should be. Cheers and good health in your next chapter of life. Dan B
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