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Western Downs Regional councillor Ray Brown said he was \
Western Downs Regional councillor Ray Brown said he was \"disappointed\" for regional Queensland after the outcome of Thursday's LGAQ presidency ballot. Matthew Newton

WESTERN Downs Regional councillor and former mayor Ray Brown said he was "disappointed" for regional and rural areas of Queensland after his bid to become the next Local Government Association of Queensland president ended unsuccessfully on Thursday.

Cr Brown lost out to Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson, who was reportedly "chuffed" as the votes came in. Votes for the prestigious and influential position are allocated on a weighted formula tied to council subscriptions.

On the floor of the conference, 20 larger councils across the state control 52 per cent of the vote.

The 57 smaller councils control 48 per cent of the vote.

"I'm certainly disappointed for the regional and rural areas of Queensland as the vote is certainly dominated by that south-east quarter," Cr Brown said.

South-east Queensland's seven big councils control roughly 30% of the total vote.

Nevertheless, Cr Brown said he accepted the outcome.

"I wish the new president well - he's a very talented person and there's no issue there.

"I'll certainly help contribute and I'll make sure (regional Queensland's voice) is heard."

Cr Brown, who has 26 years experience in local government - including eight as WDRC mayor - and has been a serving member of the LGAQ board of directors for the past five years, had canvassed the seven larger councils ahead of Thursday's ballot.

He was candid about the result.

"I just didn't get enough votes," he said.

"If you don't put your hand up then you'll never get there.

"My endeavour was clear cut - what I wanted to try and do - but I didn't quite get there." Cr Jamieson is expected to pick up about $120,000/year in his role as LGAQ president, on top of the $214,604/year he's paid as Sunshine Coast mayor.

"I have invited the councils across Queensland to see me as a fresh approach, an agent of renewal and I am committed to being a good listener and working with them to find solutions," Cr Jamieson said.

"I will lead the LGAQ in a direction that supports (councils) to identify and secure the best possible opportunities for their communities."

Topics:  lgaq ray brown wdrc western downs


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