WITH Saturday's local government election now just two more sleeps away, The Irrigator has briefly summarised some of the key views from this year's candidates to assist residents with their voting decision.
In clockwise order of the image provided:
Sandra Nardi says her passion for the community drives her in everything she does.
"I like to support business as much as possible, supporting local is hugely important to me ... I would love to see education within our community grow," she said. "Things feed off each other, education feeds off housing feeds of families which feeds business and boosts the local economy. I am a passionate person who really loves her community."
Michael Kidd says he is all about making life better for the community and improving the liveability of Leeton.
I am a big community person, I am trying to make life better for ordinary people and, while council hasn't always succeeded, I am an honest trier," he said. "We need to expand (Leeton's economy, health etc), staying the same is effectively going backwards. To attract families to the region we also need to continue looking at opening up affordable land and housing for families wanting to live in our community."
Tony Ciccia wants to see Leeton receive the medical services it deserves if he were elected.
"I have a strong connection with the town and being a councillor deepens that connection, it puts you in touch with people from all rungs of life," he said. "It would be great to invest more funds in communities such as Whitton, Yanco, Murrami and Wamoon. A major area of concern is our local hospital, there has been unanimous support both in council and in the community to have a doctor on call."
Tracey Morris says she has a multifaceted understanding of Leeton and what the community needs now and will need going into the future.
"We need to continually upgrade our assets and renew them," she said. "This means applying for grant funding, finance underpins a big part of what council does, if you don't have the funding and the resources it's difficult to do things for the community. I want to keep our eyes open going forward ..."
Krystal Maytom is wanting to build her own legacy of community service.
"I have such a deep passion for the community which is why I wanted to put myself forward as a candidate," she said. "Now just feels like the right time, I have flexibility with my work and my children are at school. I have the time on my hands to devote my efforts to the job at hand. I have always been my own person and whilst I am really proud of what my father (Paul Maytom) has achieved, we are two different people."
Jo Roberts wants to help bring the community together to overcome the challenges it will face in future.
"What is pushing me particularly to run for council is the urgency I feel to begin broaden consultation processes with the community to help us face the challenges and opportunities of social and environmental challenges relating to climate change and the global pivot away from fossil fuel consumption," she said. "The livability of our towns and villages for our children and grandchildren is dependent upon the viability and sustainable maintenance of the country we rely on."
Matthew Holt says he hopes to create change in all levels of local government and be a voice for the community.
"Local government at the council level is a service industry," he said. "In my opinion it is not there to make a profit, it is there to use the ratepayers money to deal with more than roads, rates and rubbish and improve the community in its entirety. As a representative of your constituents, you should do the very best you can for them."
Patricia Bowles says she is committed to making the shire a better place for all from families, to the frail and elderly, disadvantage people, farmers, the LGBTIQ+ community and local business enterprises.
I am available and prepared to devote the time necessary to do the task well," she said. "You can trust me to make a responsible decision on any matter that comes up. I am a caring person, I like to help people."
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