Ra­dio host puts hand up for seat.

Pre­sen­ter, for­mer TV star will run for Division 10

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BLAKE AN­TROBUS blake.an­trobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

A LO­CAL ra­dio pre­sen­ter has thrown his hat into the ring to be­come the new Division 10 coun­cil­lor on the Fraser Coast.

Lach­lan Cos­grove, a pop­u­lar lo­cal per­son­al­ity with Hit 101.9 Fraser Coast who made head­lines as the win­ner of Australian tele­vi­sion Beauty and the Geek in 2011, is the lat­est can­di­date to an­nounce his in­ten­tion to run in the division’s up­com­ing by-elec­tion next month.

If elected, he would be the youngest coun­cil­lor elected to the Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil at age 29.

Mr Cos­grove, who grew up on the Fraser Coast, said he wanted to help move the re­gion for­ward rather than fo­cus on “neg­a­tiv­ity.”

“There’s a broad range of skills among the cur­rent coun­cil­lors, but I think I have some­thing to of­fer that is dif­fer­ent,” Mr Cos­grove said.

“An area which I’m par­tic­u­larly strong in is com­mu­ni­ca­tions, putting out a pos­i­tive mes­sage and cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive feel in the com­mu­nity, which I think is some­thing that has been sorely lack­ing with all the tur­moil we’ve seen in the past.

“The com­mu­nity en­dorsed Ge­orge Sey­mour on a plat­form of sta­bil­ity - I’m 100 per cent on board with that.

“I just want to get out there, lis­ten to the peo­ple of Uran­gan and Torquay, and see what I can do to im­prove the place.”

De­spite hav­ing lit­tle back­ground in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, he said he had some back­ground in law and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

“I cer­tainly be­lieve I have the ca­pac­ity to un­der­stand the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act... I’m able to un­der­stand my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties if elected,” Mr Cos­grove said.

Should he win the division, Mr Cos­grove wants to see in­fra­struc­ture pushed as a ma­jor pri­or­ity and ex­plore op­tions to grow the ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion pres­ence in town.

Photo: Blake An­trobus

NEW CAN­DI­DATE: Granville res­i­dent Lach­lan Cos­grove has en­tered the race to be­come Division 10's new coun­cil­lor.

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