BIGGER TARGET: WDRC mayor Ray Brown told the Dalby Herald his Senate bid would not distract him from current mayoral duties.
Photo: Richard Coombs/ Dalby Herald
BIGGER TARGET: WDRC mayor Ray Brown told the Dalby Herald his Senate bid would not distract him from current mayoral duties. Photo: Richard Coombs/ Dalby Herald

WDRC Mayor Ray Brown committed to Downs despite Senate bid

Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown has told the Dalby Herald he is committed to his position as mayor despite setting his sights on a bigger target.

Since announcing he would run for pre-selection for a Senate position if Barnaby Joyce retired, Cr Brown has kept one eye on the long road ahead.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, he went to pains to emphasise that his work as mayor would not be affected in the lead up to pre-selection for the Liberal National Party.

"As for my position as mayor it's still the same," Cr Brown said.

"I've still got my job to do, and certainly it won't affect the Western Downs whatsoever."

Cr Brown and other nominees will now enter a media blanket, forbidden from discussing pre-selection.

The LNP will announce its chosen candidate in Mackay on May 25, at which point Cr Brown could resign as WDRC mayor.

He did however not rule out staying in the position until officially appointed as a member of the government, saying it was well within his rights under the Act to do so.

"It's a long way off," Cr Brown said.

"Barnaby Joyce has not resigned yet so there are lots of ifs."

Senator Joyce, who is yet to quit his Queensland position, plans to run for the LNP's Lower House seat of New England in New South Wales in the coming September federal election.

If Cr Brown is successful in his bid for LNP pre-selection, a new WDRC mayor will need to be found through a by-election.

Cr Brown announced his plans early this week and has now officially begun the process, since picking up his nomination forms.


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