Council heads to poll

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Council heads to poll

Wattle Range Council is set to go to the polls again with a postal vote ballot to fill the Corcoran Ward vacancy.

The vacancy arose in November following the resignation of Councillor Moira Neagle.

At the close of nominations last week there were four local candidates who all live in the Corcoran Ward.

Postal ballots will be sent out this month, with a decision expected in March.

Council anticipates the cost of the poll, which is being conducted by the Electoral Commission of SA, will be around $15,000.

Penelope Henley

Since moving from New Zealand to Australia in the late 1970s, I have owned and managed profitable cattle and cropping properties in Northwestern NSW.

I have adaptable technical skills, including but not limited to running a farm business, accounting and budget management, animal husbandry, farm machinery and marketing.

I am confident and interact with business and government agencies with ease, and I enjoy people from all backgrounds.

I hold conservative views, but I also have an open mind.

I am very interested in politics, but I am not a member of any political party.

I moved to Millicent just over two years ago by researched choice, where I found there was great soil, water, the friendliest people and one set of traffic lights, perfect!

I think the council area is ideally located for future well considered development.

I have three adult children, and eight grandchildren all living in Australia, but spread across the country.

John Shelton

Many residents would know me as the principal of Millicent High School from 2005 to 2021 before retiring in Millicent.

I moved to Millicent from Streaky Bay in 1991 winning a coordinators role at Kangaroo Inn Area School, then as assistant principal at Millicent High in 1999.

My lifelong interest in youth and education is coupled with a strong commitment to community.

As a member of Apex from 1981 then as a member of Millicent Lions, where I have been president and secretary, I am committed to serving the community.

I served on the board of both the Millicent Work Options Centre and the Millicent Community Club.

While my girls were growing up in Millicent, I was involved with the Millicent Gymnastics and Pony clubs.

I have strong interest in what community support is provided by Council, including the future of our swimming lake and local playgrounds.

My interests include fishing, camping and four-wheel driving and I am keen to see Council foster tourism and local business.

Joel McClure

I’m nominating for this position in council because I am passionate about policy and good governance.

Although I’m young and have limited experience, I’m keen to learn and over time become an asset to the Wattle Range Electorate.

I have attended several council meetings with my grandfather and have enjoyed seeing the process in action.

I hope to see a council that is fiscally responsible, forward thinking, and prioritises decisions that will ensure the region flourishes for decades to come.

I am a member of the Liberal Party.

Shaun Taliana

A fresh choice! n our rural community, I commit to limited government, aiming to empower our communities for sustainable prosperity and a fairer share of spending to where the rates are actually levied.

This will mean strategic use of regulations to facilitate economic growth and encourage population growth; whilst respecting our distinctive rural character.

I will ensure each of us enjoys the freedom to use our land. will encourage community-led and owned projects.

Furthermore, I will lobby the private sector for better digital connectivity including for emerging technologies, to bridge the divide between urban population centres and local medical needs.

My overarching vision is centred on the preservation of our natural resources, aiming to cultivate a thriving, resilient and growing rural community, whilst focusing on a plan for population growth to share the burden of council rates amongst more property owners and lessen the individual burden over time.

I am a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. Thank you!

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