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Coghlan seeks another term at Cairns Regional Council

RHYS THOMAS

EXPERIENCED and sitting Cairns Regional Council Division 8 Councillor Rhonda Coghlan is looking to retain her spot at the table as the local government elections loom closer.

Serving since 2020, Councillor Coghlan was initially elected as part of the Unity Team alongside many of the current sitting councillors.

Councillor Coghlan has been heavily involved in the local community, namely Division 8, for more than three decades.

She has held positions on P&C committees and believe community interaction is one of the most vital aspects of her role.

During her time on council, she has taken up positions as the Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Chair of the North Queensland Sports Foundation, is involved in the Audit Committee, and the Cairns Art Gallery Board.

For this year’s election, Councillor Coghlan has decided to renew her loyalty to the Unity Team.

“A shared vision and similar values is the way we achieve great things for this city,” she said.

“We don’t always agree as we are a group of very independent thinkers, however we very much respect each other and are always happy to listen to, support and discuss any differing opinions.

“I’m proud to be part of the team that has 38 years combined experience on council with a spread of professional experience including, finance, governance, law, business, health and tourism.”

If elected, Councillor Coghlan has pledged to advocate for flood recovery efforts in Division 8 which was heavily impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Jasper.

She will also push for updated flood modelling for the Barron Delta to understand how Cairns can be better prepared and investigate flood mitigation measures.

“As we recover I see a stronger, resilient vibrant community emerging – I am starting to see the community looking forward to the future,” Councillor Coghlan said.

Councillor Coghlan stressed that she would also push for a continuation of masterplans and projects in the Division which are in the forward budget.

“Barron waters, Smithfield Leisure Precinct and the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail and the restoration of recreational facilities in Lake Placid which were devastated in the floods at the top of my list,” she said.

Improvements to sporting grounds, community spaces, more recreational areas and support for sporting clubs are also at the top of the list.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Efficiency project makes it rain on Tablelands and AI exposes hidden roads threatening rainforests.

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