Fi­nal can­di­date an­swers ques­tions

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

I WOULD like to apologise to you and your read­ers for be­ing on hol­i­days and un­able to re­spond to The Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times’

ques­tions for the 2017 Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions.

I also thank the Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times

for tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to in­clude my pro­file as a sub­sti­tute.

For the record I in­clude an abridged ver­sion of my an­swers here:

1. I have nom­i­nated be­cause I be­lieve that un­less you are part of the de­ci­sion mak­ing process one can­not com­plain about the out­comes of the de­ci­sions made.

2. I see the big­gest is­sues for the shire in the com­ing decade will be re­duced avail­able funds, the need for hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and care for our age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

3. To im­prove tourism in the shire we will need to en­cour­age op­er­a­tors to sup­ply more va­ca­tion ac­com­mo­da­tion and in­ter­est groups to ex­pand their ac­tiv­i­ties into the area.

4. Em­ploy­ment will be ad­dressed by pro­mot­ing in­no­va­tion, sup­port­ing start-up com­pa­nies and to en­cour­age small bou­tique farm­ing to pro­duce a greater va­ri­ety of prod­ucts rather than con­cen­trat­ing on large mono crops which will even­tu­ally col­lapse through ei­ther over sup­ply or dis­ease.

5. The big­gest projects that I am pas­sion­ate about is im­proved trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, cre­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for our youth (to try and pre­vent them go­ing into il­licit drug use) and weed and rub­bish re­duc­tion.

If peo­ple have not al­ready done so, I en­cour­age them to vote.

Please drop your votes off at the coun­cil rather than cost­ing postage.

In clos­ing, I would like to wish the best to all 2017 Lo­cal Govern­ment can­di­dates.

Ni­cholas Hort, East Ward can­di­date

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