2017 FED­ER­A­TION COUN­CIL ELEC­TION Horton stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SARAH DEAN

Former Navy Captain and How­long res­i­dent David Horton has nom­i­nated as an in­de­pen­dent in the up­com­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil elec­tion and has voiced his con­cern over the ticket con­cept.

Mr Horton told the Free Press he does not be­lieve that can­di­dates run­ning on a ticket pro­vide the best out­come for pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the ‘grass roots’ level of lo­cal govern­ment.

“Dur­ing this cam­paign, I will be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take the time and care­fully con­sider the names be­low the line and iden­tify who they are ac­tu­ally vot­ing for,” he said.

“As such, if elected I will ad­vo­cate for the in­tro­duc­tion of wards in fu­ture elec­tions.”

Mr Horton served 35 years in the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, hav­ing risen through the ranks from sea­man to the rank of captain with com­mand and se­nior man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence in the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

His com­mit­ment to his work saw him awarded the Con­spic­u­ous Ser­vice Cross for de­vo­tion to duty and out­stand­ing achievement in the Aus­tralia Day Hon­ours List in 1993. On leav­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, he re­turned to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory at the re­quest of the govern­ment and worked for the NT Public Ser­vice, firstly as the Of­fi­cial Sec­re­tary to the NT Ad­min­is­tra­tor, fol­lowed by 12 years in the NT Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly as the Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Com­mit­tees.

Mr Horton and his wife Lor­raine have been a part of the How­long com­mu­nity since mov­ing to the town four years ago.

“I have main­tained an ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity as How­long RSL Sub Branch Pres­i­dent and Mem­ber of the How­long Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee since its in­cep­tion in 2016,” he said.

“I am not con­sid­ered a re­tiree and I be­lieve my back­ground and en­ergy to achieve out- comes and ex­pe­ri­ence fits well to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

“I am a peo­ple per­son with strong lead­er­ship, man­age­ment and ne­go­ti­a­tion skills that will be put to good use on the coun­cil if I am elected.”

Mr Horton be­lieves there needs to be a blue­print for the fu­ture (five to ten years).

“This vi­sion would be de­vel­oped on the base of where we are now, along with the ex­pec­ta­tions and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple,” he said.

“This I be­lieve will set the agenda and de­ter­mine the ob­jec­tives for fu­ture plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment – es­sen­tially this should be the vi­sion for the com­mu­nity, of what we need to be to main­tain and progress the life­style we all cur­rently en­joy.

“This can­not be achieved with­out the in­put and ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Horton be­lieves the main role of coun­cil is spe­cific in pro­vid­ing, main­tain­ing and sus­tain­ing in­fras­truc­ture, es­sen­tial ser­vices and public ameni­ties.

“How­ever, this re­quires care­ful as­set man­age­ment, through life main­te­nance plan­ning and timely re­place­ment pro­grams,” he said.

“This process will al­ways face com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties to match of­ten lim­ited re­sources across Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and re­quires a strong voice at the ta­ble to en­sure that eq­uity and fair­ness is achieved.

“I be­lieve I can of­fer that voice with your sup­port and in­put and to­gether we can move for­ward in pre­serv­ing what we have and mak­ing the nec­es­sary im­prove­ments over time with sound plan­ning and achiev­ing sat­is­fac­tory out­comes for all.

“It will not hap­pen overnight, but it will hap­pen and in this re­spect I be­lieve we should al­ways re­main pos­i­tive in meet­ing the re­quire­ments and ex­pec­ta­tions of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

David Horton be­lieves he has strong lead­er­ship, man­age­ment and ne­go­ti­a­tion skills that will be put to good use on the coun­cil if he was to be elected.

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