Gladstone has a new voice on the Northern Areas Council following the election of Kathy Webb.
She joins council after running in the supplementary election for the Rocky River ward to replace Tim Zander, also of Gladstone, who resigned in late 2016.
Mrs Webb was one of two candidates running for the position of councillor, the second being Jonathan Hawkins-Clarke.
Mrs Webb is a well-known face in the Mid North community, having lived in the area for almost 30 years and having a number of involvements with various groups over those years.
She previously attempted a run for council back in the days when it was the District Council of Rocky River, however, she was still quite new to the area and missed out.
A house fire in 1999 was one of the motivators behind her run for council this time around, as she says the whole town rallied around her and provided what was needed.
“To be involved with the people, this is my way of giving back to not just the community but the entire area,” she said.
She said she had an inquiring mind and was looking forward to hearing more information about hot topics in the area like the windfarm proposal in Beetaloo Valley and the STED scheme.
“I know a few people on council, that will stand me in good stead,” she said.
Mrs Webb will attend her first council meeting as an elected member on March 21.
She thanked her supporters and voters for helping her get elected.
“I will endeavour to put forward concerns to council and, where possible, bring to a satisfying conclusion,” she said.
Her new local government responsibilities aside, Mrs Webb has had involvements with Meals on Wheels, school councils at both Gladstone Primary and High Schools, Scouts, Lions, Mid North Eightball and the Gladstone Community Development and Tourism Association. She was also a previous operator of the Gladstone Gaol.
“When I was new to town I just threw myself into various things,” she said.