FIVE local Labor Party members have combined to run as a ticket in the upcoming Council election, with former federal candidate for Hume Robin Saville its front runner. Jason Shepherd will occupy second place, Roger Lucas third, Laszlo Strasser fourth and 29-year-old Andrew Thistleton fifth.
While all are “proud party members”, the ticket is not endorsed by Labor HQ and they have nominated as independents. The five say they will vote on issues based on their merits, not party lines, and described themselves as like-minded associates.
Mr Saville told the Post that a number of non-party members had been “sounded out” before settling on the final line-up and he hoped they would be seen as committed independent community members seeking election not an arm of the ALP.
“There is a great deal of experience on this ticket,” he said.
“The people of Goulburn will see that there is a range of ages and backgrounds represented. Both older people and younger can ensure that if this ticket is elected their interests will be looked after.”
Mr Saville is a former high school teacher and has campaign experience. The 40-yearold has run for the federal seat of Hume twice and for Council in 2002. He also served as an electoral officer for Senator Ursula Stephens.
Mr Shepherd is an engineer and Mr Lucas has considerable experience in local government. He served as a Goulburn City Councillor from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2004. He also has a long list of business credentials and is a former member of Regional Development Australia.
Mr Strasser is a long term local. The aging Hungarian born musician says he is committed to the needs of carers and older people and is determined to fight for the rights of others who are in need. He will also speak up for the disadvantaged if elected.
Mr Thistleton would like to see more education and employment opportunities for Goulburn’s youth, to stop them having to leave town. If elected, he says he would be singling out the stalled university campus issue and asking local federal representatives for their support. He would also like to see business growth in Goulburn.
The group says this year’s election will be an important one for Goulburn Mulwaree and that voters must return a Council that has concern for the future and an interest in keeping costs down.
“Issues such as the Big W development, a university presence and the need to balance heritage and development are all agreed upon by the five members of this group,” Mr Shepherd said.
“We are all united as a team in the direction we want to steer Goulburn Mulwaree.”
FIVE local Labor Party members have combined to run as a ticket in the upcoming Council election.
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