Trump slo­gan for lo­cal can­di­date

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS - By Yvette Brand

“Make Gipp­s­land great again” is the po­lit­i­cal slo­gan of a Yarragon busi­ness­man who will stand as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the up­per house for Novem­ber’s state elec­tion.

Michael Fozard is no stranger to pol­i­tics, be­ing a former Baw Baw Shire coun­cil­lor and Democrats can­di­date for the state seat of Nar­ra­can in the 1999 elec­tion.

He now turns his fo­cus to the up­per house, declar­ing him­self as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Eastern re­gion.

Mr Fozard said he was in­ter­ested in the de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the community and was wor­ried at the cur­rent trends in peo­ple’s feel­ings to­wards politi­cians.

“Frus­tra­tion and an­noy­ance is at an all-time high. Peo­ple do not know where to turn and if any­thing can be done to ad­dress the neg­a­tive feel­ings.

“The elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives do not ap­pear to re­spond to our needs. Party struc­tures do not al­low them to stand up and seek res­o­lu­tions.

Mr Fozard be­lieves this can be changed, but as a community “we must be will­ing to push for change and draw a line in the sand.”

“One ques­tion we should ask our­selves, is the per­son cho­sen by the ma­jor par­ties truly a per­son that un­der­stands our is­sues or ap­pre­ci­ate the concerns that we con­front in Gipp­s­land? Or, are they se­lected for their party al­le­giance and or party fac­tion

“Gipp­s­lan­ders and Gipp­s­land com­mu­ni­ties are frus­trated with the cur­rent at­ti­tude of the gov­ern­ment and its lack of un­der­stand­ing of what we need our frus­tra­tions, prob­lems and as­pi­ra­tions. Peo­ple feel that they no longer have rep­re­sen­ta­tives lis­ten­ing to them.

“We do have the power to make change and get a bet­ter re­sult from our rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” he said.

Mr Fozard said Gipp­s­land res­i­dents needed a lo­cal per­son who “has walked the walk and talked the talk” and has a broad un­der­stand­ing of Gipp­s­land and the is­sues and di­ver­sity of its com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Fozard and his wife sought a “bush change” from city life, mov­ing to Laber­touche in 1982 where they be­came hobby farm­ers.

They pur­chased a cof­fee shop and af­ter five years de­cided they would try their hand at be­ing “real farm­ers,” buy­ing a dairy farm at Wil­low Grove that they op­er­ated for nine years.

Since then, Mr Fozard has worked in a num­ber of man­age­ment and sales man­ager roles, es­tab­lish­ing a garden sup­ply busi­ness and man­ager of Old Gipp­stown Her­itage Park for seven years un­til 2012. Mr Fozard now owns and man­ages cafe in Yarragon.

Mr Fozard has an ex­ten­sive list of community ser­vice to his name, in­clud­ing serv­ing on many community based boards in­clud­ing tourism, train­ing and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, school and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and Trafalgar Ro­tary.

“I now seek sup­port from Gipp­s­lan­ders and the com­mu­ni­ties of Gipp­s­land to get be­hind me and seek a new be­gin­ning for our re­gion to­gether we can make Gipp­s­land great again and an im­por­tant re­gion in the fu­ture of Vic­to­ria.

“One Na­tion or other par­ties are not our so­lu­tion - the ma­jor par­ties are lost in their in­ter­nal fight­ing,” Mr Fozard said.

Yarragon busi­ness­man Michael Fozard is stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent in the up­per house at the Novem­ber state elec­tion.

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