Six vie for top job

SIX candidates have nominated to stand for the position of Derwent Valley Mayor.

The candidates are Phillip Bingley of Lachlan, Peter Binny of Granton, Jessica Cosgrove of New Norfolk, Michelle Dracoulis of New Norfolk, Tony Nicholson of Lachlan and Julie Triffett of New Norfolk.

Postal ballot packs started to be delivered to registered voters from yesterday, January 25, polling will close on February 22 with the winner of the mayoral and councillor ballot is expected to be announced the following day.

The following are the statements each candidate has made to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission in support of their candidature.

Phillip Bingley
Having retired after 39 years in local government my priorities, if elected councillor and mayor would be to advocate with my fellow councillors that council annual rates and charges should only increase by no more than CPI for an average family home; that council re-establish a Visitor Information Centre to support local jobs in tourism; that through the mayor council provide more support for our local volunteer clubs and groups and less on unnecessary council bureaucracy; that council fund the changes to Boyer Oval player facilities to cater for AFLW in accordance with AFL guidelines.’’

Peter Binny
I HAVE 13 years experience as a councillor with extensive knowledge of land development, surveying, valuation, planning and rating which is Council’s primary source of income.
I have served as a member of the building appeal board, as deputy mayor and acting mayor.
As a successful business owner and land surveyor now a self funded retiree able to devote adequate time to the role of councillor and mayor, I want to see the Derwent Valley become a vibrant place to live and work by restoring pride in the community and Council and ensuring better oversight and management of community assets and facilities.’’

Jessica Cosgrove
I HAVE lived in the Derwent Valley my entire life, I’m your acting mayor and I run a local tourism business.
I have extensive professional experience in both local and state government departments.
My acquired knowledge allows me to make informed decisions to make our region livable, safe, and sustainable.
My passion for our community motivates me to work hard to shape our region into the best place to live, work, visit and invest. My actions ave proved my commitment, professionalism and shown I am inclusive leader.
It would be an honour and a privilege to be your mayor.’’

Michelle Dracoulis
“I am an artist, curator, small business owner and community volunteer who lives in New Norfolk.
I have four children, two of which are grown and a husband who works in hospitality.
I take great pride in making a home and raising my family in the Derwent Valley.
Through my work with various historic sites I feel that it is important that we remain connected to our past when planning for the future.
I know the importance of supporting local business and tourism and will advocate for the Valley and our changing needs.

Tony Nicholson
“I seek your support for election as councillor and mayor of the Derwent Valley with 14 years prior experience in local government and membership of local community committees has provided me with experience and understanding for these challenging positions as local government is the first line of government in a democratic society.
We have a strong community with a growing population that expects the council to be open, accessible, and transparent and an accountable entity. Your vote is important.

Julie Triffett
I AM asking for your number 1 vote for the position of mayor for the Derwent Valley.
Having been on Council for seven and a half years, I feel that I have the experience and expertise to be your mayor.
I will bring stability to Council, promote the Advocacy Roadmap document, mentor and support my fellow councillors, and be the conjugant between the community and Council officers.
This will be a massive job, but I feel I am ready for the challenge.
I would be proud to be your full-time mayor.
I will not make promises that I cannot keep, but I will listen to the community. Thanks