Councillor resigns after two family tragedies
A DEPARTING councillor in south-west Queensland has cited a series of personal tragedies, including the loss of her child, for her resignation.
Maranoa Regional Councillor Robyn Bryant told the council in Roma yesterday she was stepping down from the role, less than a year after being elected.
In her resignation letter to the CEO Julie Reitano and the council, Cr Bryant said the loss of her infant child in June coupled with her husband being involved in a terrible motorbike accident forced her decision.
"As many of you will know the last 12 months have been extremely challenging for my family," she wrote.
"In June last year we were devastated by the loss of our precious baby Rory at 19 weeks.
"This has taken a significant toll on me personally and continues to be a daily struggle.
"In November, Greg was involved in a serious motorbike accident on our property and we are extremely blessed to still have him in our lives as a husband and father.
"I feel that at this point I am unable to commit fully to the role and as such am not representing the people who elected me to the level that is expected."
Cr Bryant, who works with AgForce Queensland in Roma, said she was still passionate about rural and regional communities in the Maranoa.
"I am extremely passionate about rural and regional Queensland and believe that council plays a significant role in the lives of the people who choose to live and work in these communities," she said.
"While much of the time our focus is on the towns and communities within our region and the business and services they provide, I see each and every landholder in the rural and remote areas of our region as a business owner.
"They may not have a shop front in the main street, but are essential members of our business community and as such need to be included in business discussions and decisions."
In response, Cr Cameron O'Neil praised Cr Bryant's energy and passion during her short time in the position.
"It has been an honour serving the Maranoa with Robyn - I have watched her take on roles in the agricultural industry and I was so pleased to see her nominate and serve for the past 12 months," Cr O'Neil said.
"We will miss the energy and passion she brings to the table and I look forward to working with her again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future."
The resignation brings Wendy Newman back as councillor. She finished ninth in the local government elections in 2016.
Mrs Newman served as a councillor during the previous term.