Councillor John McVeigh
Councillor John McVeigh Bev Lacey

McVeigh farewells City Hall

COUNCILLOR John McVeigh yesterday morning closed the door on his short local government career and set his sights on what he hopes will be a much longer tilt at state politics.

Cr McVeigh will stand down as a councillor on Sunday when Premier Anna Bligh officially kick-starts the state election.

Yesterday was his last council meeting.

In a scathing attack on his soon-to-be political opponents, Cr McVeigh said the greatest challenges faced by Toowoomba Regional Council had been created by the State Government.

They included council amalgamations and the Queensland-wide overhaul of waste management.

"They're the reasons I'm seeking a role (in state politics)," he said.

Cr McVeigh came to office in a by-election in late 2008 after the death of Ian Orford.

He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was a chairman of Clifton Shire Council.

Yesterday, he told his fellow councillors that the past four years had been anything but easy.

"This has been the frustrating period of my professional life to date, but personally the most inspiring," he said.

Cr McVeigh's fellow councillors issued their support for his bid to become the next Member of Parliament for Toowoomba South.

"You're the right fellow with the right sort of passion for this region," Deputy Mayor Paul Antonio said.

Cr McVeigh though was quick to remind his colleagues that there was still a tough battle to be fought.

"I'm not there yet," he said.

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