Former Corowa citizen-of-the-year Shaun Whitechurch has handpicked a ticket for the upcoming Federation Council elections.
The well-known master of ceremonies for many local events has decided to enter the race with his emphasis on getting the town going.
“We simply need to generate tourism and attract business to our area and the rest will follow on,” Mr Whitechurch said.
He has elected to stand as a group and believes his ticket is made up of community-minded people.
Norm Wales, a retired highway patrol officer, is involved with many committees in the town and brings two terms of experience as councillor to the group.
Corowa Events Chairman and business owner Stuart Whisson has also joined the ticket and Mr Whitechurch said he was a driving force in liaising with council and Corowa Chamber of Commerce to attract new events to town.
Mr Whitechurch has also selected long-time friend and local identity, Paul Phibbs.
Mr Phibbs has been involved with many sporting clubs in the area and likes the idea of a fresh new council that is prepared to make changes throughout the entire shire.
The final candidate is James Webb who was also awarded Corowa citizen-of-the-year for his ongoing community spirit.
Mr Webb has been involved in many major projects with Mr Whitehurch from the Lagoon redevelopment, the Fishing Wharf and many community events right down to putting Christmas decorations in Corowa’s main street.
Most big events in Corowa involve Mr Webb and his business in some form.
Mr Whitechurch believes all of the people on his ticket are proven community-minded candidates.
“They have all contributed to our area over and above their call of duty and have a business background,” he said.
“By voting 1 above the line for me you are giving your preference votes to my fellow candidates, all of which I would love on council with me if elected.”
Mr Whitechurch said his decision to stand for council was partly driven by the community’s opinion of council over recent years and his confidence in being able to make things happen.
“I believe if the people of Corowa or any town in the Shire have a majority opinion on something that is going to affect their town, then the councillors need to go with that and not look for reasons to go against them or let hierarchy overrule,” he said.
Mr Whitechurch believes an example of this is the many objectors to the proposed compost facility in Howlong and residents in favour of keeping Corowa’s 50 metre pool.
Mr Whitechurch, who has organised many successful events in Corowa and continues to donate his time to MC jobs and voluntary committees, believes the new Federation Council needs some young councillors.
“I am prepared to be the community’s voice in what will be exciting times,” he said.
“I’m not saying I am better than any other candidate but can assure ratepayers that I will fight for what’s right in the eyes of the people and do my best to represent ratepayers’ wishes as a whole.”