LOCAL businessman turned Queanbeyan City Councillor Jamie Cregan ran a tough political campaign against mayor Tim Overall last year, but he told The Queanbeyan Age the new Council is working well.
Cr Cregan headed a pro-local business ticket at the last election called 'Cregan's Independents', and leveraged his profile as head of the Queanbeyan Business Council to make a successful bid for Council.
He now works on the Audit Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee along with his regular Council duties, and said his time on Council had so far been an "excellent experience."
"It's been good. What we've got to try and do is put the community face on Council decision making and really make sure that what we're doing is in the best interests of the majority of the community.
"Sometimes there's going to be sectors of the community that disagree with what you're doing, but personally I'm pretty strong willed on that and believe whatever I'm doing is in the best interests of the community and the people who voted for us, and for the people who didn't as well.
"And working with the mayor and the other councillors has been very rewarding; they're all in it for the community. There's always a couple you have an issue with here and there, but for the most part, people are in it for the community," he said.
Cr Cregan said his priority for the rest of his term on Council was to ensure both business and residential growth.
"I want to see that Queanbeyan moves forward in a positive way.
"Ensuring that we have economic development as well as community development, that we have a thriving business community, but that we also have a residential community that loves to live, work, play shop in Queanbeyan and that has facilities that can handle a diverse range of interests, whether they be sporting, academic or artistic," Cr Cregan said.