2017 FEDERATION COUNCIL ELECTION Candidates calling for fair representation
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’.