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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Funeral service for Winton Shire Mayor Graham "Butch" Lenton - Premier's message

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, October 09, 2017

    Funeral service for Winton Shire Mayor Graham "Butch" Lenton - Premier's message

    On behalf of the people of Queensland, please accept my condolences for the loss of the Mayor of Winton Shire Council Graham “Butch” Lenton.

    Politics is an honourable, but not always a popular profession.  Butch was both – honourable and popular.

    He was a man with a friendly smile, a warm handshake and a passion for his community. 

    When State Cabinet met last Tuesday following the sad news about Butch, Ministers spoke fondly of the work they and their Departments had done with him and the Council. 

    I clearly remember standing with Butch at the Age of Dinosaurs museum lookout talking about his vision for Winton as an iconic tourist town.   

    As we gazed out across the landscape, we pondered the past and what this country would have been like when those prehistoric creatures, whose footprints have been found there, roamed.  We also canvassed the future - there were other projects and services to discuss and work on together.

    His vision and his hard work was for the town and the people he loved. 

    Butch has left Winton a better place and helped Queensland to be a better State. 

    He is gone but he will never be forgotten.  

    To Butch’s family – his wife Ros – we are indebted to you.  Time spent working in the community is time not spent at home with family. You shared Butch with a much bigger family – those of us who worked with him and admired him so much.

    With your consent and the Council's consent, I would like to name the new road to the museum Butch Lenton Way in his honour. 

    Vale Mayor Butch Lenton.

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety, Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey is representing the Queensland Government at Mr Lenton's funeral today.

    Attached is a picture of Mayor Lenton and the Premier at the Age of Dinosaurs museum.