1) What is your vision for the Armidale region?
My vision is for a region of purpose and drive and a sense of belonging. A place for its people to promote and take part in what it offers to lifestyle, employment, tourism, education, the arts, sport, health and agriculture and founded on the principles of a rural council for rural people. My vision is for a cohesive and functioning Council that supports an enabling, 'can do' General Manager to deliver better roads, better water infrastructure, support to social services, forward-looking sustainability and a 'we're there for you' attitude so that families, businesses, investors and government agencies have every chance to prosper in the region.
2) What do you think is the single most important issue facing the Armidale area?
Shortage of housing and accommodation types across all budget ranges.
3) What projects/developments do you intend to advocate for if elected as a councillor?
In the immediate term I will advocate for quick impact projects such as;
promoting tourism and the region as 'a great place to live' to drive fast cash into our economy and,
upgrading the efficiency and capacity of the water treatment plant so Council can reduce the ongoing cost of treating water and have more than one day's reserve on hand.
4) What expertise or attributes do you have which would help you in undertaking the role of Councillor?
Vision, Integrity, Respect for Others, and a great deal of common sense.
Entrepreneur with a social predisposition.
Chartered Accountant with a finance and economics degree.
Years of conflict resolution experience in the United Nations.
Member of the Economic Development Committee.
Experience on Audit, Risk & Improvement Committees of Council.
Experience as a business owner and grazier in the district.
Experience as Chair of Procurement Committees.
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