The call for Mayoral candidate nominations hasn’t officially been called just yet, but it isn’t stopping some of our brave locals from standing up and running for Mayor.
Local Government elections fall on the 19th of March so in the coming weeks we are going to see a lot of action from our Mayoral candidates.
One local who is giving it a crack, is John Jones.
As a youngster John grew up in these parts, with his primary education done in Wyandra, and after some time away from the area – he returned, and raised his kids as Charleville locals.
“I’ve been very involved in the Charleville community since I came back here, I did spend 20 years in Aramac and for six of those years I was a Councillor in Aramac and I really enjoyed it.
“I just want to give it a go. I think I’ve got quite a bit to offer,” he says.
One of the key issues for John coming into this election, is managing the wild dog problem that South West graziers are facing.
John believes there is more work to be done with current baiting programs including rethinking the way we distribute poison.
“The first thing I want to bring to the table is for something to be drastically done about the wild dog situation.
“The grazing community cannot run sheep or goats, and as we all know the goat works has a problem if the goat works in Bourke goes ahead. We need producers in this area to run goats and sheep.
“There is a problem with using frozen meat for bait. There is still ice there so when the bait is put out, the poison is dripping off when it thaws,” he says.
He says he is strongly advocating to make our community a vibrant place to visit, wanting to attract more people to town and keeping our young ones here.
John was the President of the Masters Games this year, which saw $11,000 spent in the town, but he would like to see it become a bigger and better event.
“My community is my passion, the whole area, otherwise I wouldn’t of come back to Charleville.
“I believe the wealth of the whole of Australia comes from the country, not the cities,” John says.
Current electricity prices will also be a big focus for John in the upcoming election, where looking to renewable energy sources is in the forefront of his election campaign.
“Businesses here in the west are paying nearly twice as much as people on the coast for their electricity.
“There are renewable energy possibilities that we need to explore,” he says.
Other key issues which John will explore further as the election draws closer include the need for more industrial blocks for businesses to be cleared and outlying centres such as Morven and Augathella need more housing blocks.
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