Armidale ratepayers want new councillors who have successful commercial experience especially in business, financial management, accountancy and law.
So, in ballot sheet order, suitable candidates include Peter O’Donohue (Group A), Laurie Bishop (Group B), Hugh Piper, David Fenwicke & Leanne Thomas (all Group D), and from the Ungrouped Group, Anthony Hardwick, Jack Rapley, Allan Mitchell, Andrew Murat and Vicki Kembery.
These fresh candidates have wide and diverse commercial experience that will make the necessary difference to council management.
When elected, these councillors will need to consider:
1. reviewing the administrative structure of ADC to determine the optimal business model to reduce staff expenses for ratepayers;
2. directing the General Manager to practice efficient financial management including timely financial reporting;
3. facilitating economic development opportunities rather than obstructing suitable business projects, including residential building projects; and
4. revoking the proposed pay for parking policy that will crush the remaining life out of the Armidale Mall, once described as “the jewel in Armidale’s crown”.
Ratepayers are reminded that voting below the line in this optional preferential system ensures your preference. In contrast, voting above the line that gifts your vote to the whim of a faceless person. Number the squares at least ”1” to “10” in your order of preference to register a valid vote.