Dear Wagga Wagga,
On Saturday you get to vote for your local councillors. I am running as an independent candidate to be the change I want to see in our local council, however the odds are against me.
The time leading up to election has been an eye opener and I now have a new level of empathy for our councillors. I have been contacted by so many people to give my thoughts on issues ranging from amalgamation to graves.
It is easy to slam the council and any public figure, it is hard putting yourself out there for criticism and I have come to the conclusion that the people too have to be responsible for what goes on in this city, if the majority vote for XYZ party /candidate— we have placed them there to represent us, so we too are responsible for the action or lack there of that happens down at WWCC.
A big part of my campaign has been around digital strategy, and it is important because when we had national press syndicated around the country around the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter, it took council 3 days to respond, in the meantime a petition circulated that gained over 30,000 signatures. The people have the power — Do you remember the other petition that circulated around about the Visitor Information Centre and it being re-located back to it’s original site on Tarcutta Street?
Any who — the point is it is up to you to make the change you want to see for our city, and regardless of the outcome I hope all councillors keep their social media profiles and we can keep them accountable (myself included — if elected I will keep my page) The commentary has been interesting and the power of the internet keeps it on the record, publicly for everyone to see.
Wagga Wagga is a great place to live, work and play, an amazing level playing field for both big business and startups, we have our fair share of issues with crime and ice. It is easier to think that the grass is greener on the other side, but there is one thing Wagga doesn’t do well and that is promote itself, move fast, work lean and think big for the future.
Make your vote count, read up on all candidates and remember that while most current councillors have all the time in the world to hang out at pre-poll, will they be so readily available and visible this time next week? That is the question I ask the people of Wagga while they are at the booth, who will be available and visible to represent you next week, next month and next year and who is actually out there getting sh*t done to make our city the best it can be?
I am running for council because I want to see this city … Think Big, Be Positive and Move Forward however it isn’t about what I want it is about you Wagga. I will work really hard for you too, I will lobby state and federal government and take massive action to get things done!