The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has paid tribute to a local government councillor who has dedicated more than 40 years to the sector.
Toowoomba Mayor, Paul Antonio, announced that he will be retiring on 21 July after decades serving the community.
LGAQ CEO, Alison Smith, said that Mayor Antonio’s more than 40 years in local government is proof of his commitment to the community.
Ms Smith said Mayor Antonio began as a councillor in Millmerran, then in Toowoomba after amalgamation, and has been a stalwart representative of the interests of his community at all levels of government and industry.
“He led his community through significant natural disasters and their rebuild and recovery, as well as being part of the push to secure the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics and the associated infrastructure it could bring,” Ms Smith said.
“I wish him well and thank him for his incredible commitment to the local government sector and to improving his community’s liveability.”