2017 FED­ER­A­TION COUN­CIL ELEC­TION Can­di­dates call­ing for fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SARAH DEAN

The big­gest ticket in the up­com­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil elec­tion fea­tures ten can­di­dates, in­clud­ing four past coun­cil­lors.

Group D is headed by former Urana Shire Mayor Pat Bourke who says the group is ‘look­ing to be part of the big­ger pic­ture’.

“We are stand­ing to­gether be­cause we would like to see rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the whole of the shire,” Mr Bourke said.

“We are look­ing to be part of the big­ger pic­ture and as such our group in­cludes those from all cor­ners of the new Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area.”

Mr Bourke, who owns Bil­l­abong Agri­cul­ture in Urana and Oak­lands, served four years as deputy mayor and al­most three terms as mayor of the Urana Shire Coun­cil up un­til the amal­ga­ma­tion.

The orig­i­nal chair­man of the Aquatic Cen­tre Com­mit­tee said it was im­por­tant to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful coun­cil go­ing for­ward.

“I be­lieve we have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence on our side with four past coun­cil­lors who still have a lot to of­fer,” Mr Bourke said.

“We also have a mixed field of can­di­dates who rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent back­grounds in work and life.”

Mr Bourke has been in­volved in nu­mer­ous sport­ing and com­mu­nity groups over the years in­clud­ing cur­rent chair­man of the Urana Bowl­ing Club.

The ticket also in­cludes former Urana Shire Coun­cil­lors John Doyle, Ian Kreutzberger and past Corowa Shire Coun­cil­lor Joan Palmer.

The former coun­cil­lors all be­lieve a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of past coun­cil de­ci­sions is needed if they are elected.

“There needs to be a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion,” Mr Kreutzberger said.

Mr Kreutzberger was on Urana Shire Coun­cil for 17 years.

“As a coun­cil­lor I be­lieve my role is to make de­ci­sions in a fair and just way for all com­mu­ni­ties and res­i­dents,” he said.

“If elected to coun­cil I would work with other coun­cil­lors to gain the trust, re­spect and in­tegrity the com­mu­nity de­serves and ex­pects.”

The 65-year-old farmer has a mixed farm­ing en­ter­prise at Rand, which is run with the help of his wife Lois and three of their four sons and wives.

“Since leav­ing school at age 16 I have been a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Rand com­mu­nity from 48 years on the foot­ball club, as well as hold­ing ex­ec­u­tive roles with al­most every or­gan­i­sa­tion in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Kreutzberger said.

Mrs Palmer, who lives in Corowa, played a large role in form­ing the group be­cause she could see the need for fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion through­out the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area.

“I feel strongly about rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the north­ern part of the shire, the risk of those peo­ple not be­ing rep­re­sented in quite real be­cause the pop­u­la­tion num­bers do not jus­tify wards,” she said.

The re­tired nurse, who worked in com­mu­nity health and de­vel­op­ment, was elected to Corowa Shire Coun­cil in 1989 and un­con­tested again in 2012.

Mrs Palmer be­lieves build­ing a strong re­la­tion­ship fol­low­ing the coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion must be­gin with com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­ing elected who will work to­gether to build a strong fu­ture.

Un­der­stand­ing how small com­mu­ni­ties run is Oak­lands res­i­dent John Doyle.

Mr Doyle was a Urana Shire Coun­cil­lor up un­til its demise and has lived in Oak­lands all of his life, ex­cept for a pe­riod of six months where he lived in Mel­bourne while play­ing for North Mel­bourne.

He re­turned to Oak­lands on the death of his father to run and be­come the prin­ci­pal of the fam­ily busi­ness – JA Doyle - from 1975 to present time.

The mem­ber of the Oak­lands Fire Brigade for 44 years has been in­volved with many sport­ing clubs in Oak­lands in­clud­ing foot­ball, ten­nis, cricket and golf where he has held po­si­tions of pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and trea­surer at times.

Mr Doyle also played Ovens and Mur­ray foot­ball for Yar­ra­wonga for about four years and coached the Oak­lands Foot­ball Club for a time.

“I un­der­stand how small com­mu­ni­ties run, and how if you don’t look af­ter what you have it will be gone and you will never get it back,” he said.

“I look for­ward to sup­port­ing not only the Oak­lands com­mu­nity, but also the whole of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and to see and make sure that coun­cil is fair and rea­son­able to all towns in our coun­cil area.”

The youngest mem­ber of the group 19-year-old Maisie Donlen from How­long.

Miss Donlen is keen to get on coun­cil to of­fer a younger per­son’s point of view.

“I have al­ways played a large role in the is com­mu­nity and I am look­ing for­ward to the elec­tion and the op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

The former Wodonga Se­nior Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent said if elected she looked for­ward to the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The re­main­ing can­di­dates in­clude An­drew Dore, Gabrielle Tay­lor, Leanne Mur­phy, Matthew Collins and Jan­ice Wat­son.

An­drew Dore is a farmer from Urana who al­ways been in­ter­ested and in­volved in lo­cal com­mu­nity events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Dore would like to see all cor­ners of the new Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area rep­re­sented.

Fel­low ticket mem­ber Leanne Mur­phy was born in Urana where she spent the first 24 years of her life be­ing in­volved within the town and small com­mu­nity.

“I moved to Corowa 27 years ago, where I have worked, mar­ried and raised my two chil­dren,” she said.

“Dur­ing this time I have been in­volved in lo­cal schools and sport­ing clubs.

“I have joined Pat’s ticket be­cause I feel strongly that for the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil to suc­ceed in the fu­ture it needs rep­re­sen­ta­tion and a voice from all cor­ners of the coun­cil area.

“We be­lieve that putting for­ward the ideas and needs of res­i­dents from all of the com­mu­ni­ties will be a step in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.”

An­drew Dore, Ian Kreutzberger, Leanne Mur­phy, Pat Bourke, Joan Palmer and John Doyle are part of the Group D ticket for the up­com­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil elec­tion. The group’s slo­gan is: ‘Your Fu­ture Is Our Com­mit­ment’.

Maisie Donlen.

Jan­ice Wat­son.

Gabrielle Tay­lor.

Matthew Collins.

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