When I talk to people from all over our community about where we are at and where we are heading as a regional municipality, I consistently hear that our residents want leaders who will fiercely advocate for us.
While other local government areas aim high, we seem to let social and economic opportunities slip through our fingers. The result is people don’t want to invest in our region, talented people do not want to relocate or return to our region and our community stagnates.
It hasn’t always been this way. It wasn’t that long ago we had a council that listened to the community and stood side-by-side with ratepayers sending a strong message to the Bracks Government that under no circumstances did we want to see a toxic waste dump built in our municipality.
We do need to acknowledge that in a handful of areas the council has advocated for us and a few individual councillors have strongly advocated in areas they are passionate about.
Notwithstanding this, the community needs to be included and heard when it comes to the council’s advocacy priorities.
We can regain our voice and cement our place in the world as a community that aims high and advocates for the vital infrastructure we need in order to be a thriving regional community.
If elected to the council in October, I would be honoured to represent our community and be a strong advocate for our resilient communities.
Mildura Council candidate