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Current Moira Councillor Rob Chuck nominated

Current councillor Rob Chuck will stand in the Moira Shire Council election on Saturday, October 27.

September 25, 2012 4:10pm

A retired businessman, a beef producer and completing studies towards his Masters in Project Management, current councillor Chuck came onto the council halfway through the current four-year term due to a resignation of another councillor.

He said although it took him a good 12 months to find his feet, he has found it a positive experience and wants to continue to serve residents.

‘‘I want to get back onto council to work for the Moira community,’’ Cr Chuck said.

‘‘I believe I’ve achieved a substantial amount in a short period of time — not just the council meetings and daily decisions, but ratepayers who have come to me with serious problems.

‘‘These problems were described as being in the too-hard basket — issues that have been with council, or that council has known about, for a long period of time. These are projects requiring varied resources and capital expenditure, or a complex project where it’s difficult knowing where to begin.’’

Cr Chuck said his studies in project management had helped him contribute to such council projects.

‘‘Some of those issues have been fully or partly resolved, such as inundation of residences in Rosemary Crt in Yarrawonga,’’ he said.

‘‘A new warehouse was split down the centre by the existing planning zone and half the warehouse sat idle for some years when it could have been generating wealth and jobs.

‘‘I initiated a start and have been driving the projects by continually asking what is being done, but the officers and staff have been excellent in keeping me up-to-date and the two issues mentioned above are complete or close to it.’’

Cr Chuck said he had concerns about areas which were prone to flooding.

He said he was talking to people affected by recent floods.

He said one of his passions is economic development and tourism.

‘‘I know about business, including export and have experience in teaching of horticulture,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s why I have this passion for business development and job growth.

‘‘With tourism, we could look at more events on the river — there are eco tourism possibilities, and possible business opportunities.

‘‘I require a feasibility study into having hot-air balloon flights along the Murray River and would like to see committees set up for additional events and festivals.

‘‘It comes back to funding; but there are cuts that can be made and government grants that can be applied for.

‘‘I believe savings could range from $700000 to $2million dollars in the next council budget including a return to core businesses.’’

Cr Chuck said, if re-elected, he wanted to address the flood, drainage and levee bank issues in the shire and work towards identifying and securing new light industries and thereby jobs, cap rates to inflation or CPI.

His other aims include increasing council transparency, to monitor and reduce the council debt and dead interest and reduce the $1million dollar per year consultancy cost.

He wants to create more walking and cycling tracks through grants, continue to monitor road recovery after flooding (including more grading), to achieve the best deal for farmers under the government’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan, to work towards a large fun park or theme park for children and families and to provide more youth services and entertainment.

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