Randall throws hat into election ring

FOR Colin Randall, Junee Shire Council should have a balance of councillors from town and rural residents.

At the 2012 local government elections one of the council’s rural representatives, Jill Macaulay, is stepping down after 20 years on the job.

Mr Randall hopes to fill the vacancy and give a voice to community members who reside outside Junee.

Born in what was then Illabo Shire, Mr Randall has spent his time working as a farmer, but also is involved in several organisations around Junee.

“Our rural roads are a disgrace and we need to think about our villages like Illabo and Bethungra,” Mr Randall said.

Not limiting himself to one issue, Mr Randall said he would also be giving a voice and representing the entire community.

“I’m going in with a very open mind,” he said.

Mr Randall said he’d been approached to run for council and had been considering a run for the past year.

“You can never criticise someone unless you hop in yourself,” Mr Randall said.

He said he believed there was a lot of focus on tourism by Junee Shire Council and some businesses weren’t

benefitting from that focus.

“There’s room for tourism, but you’ve got to have a mix of everything,” he said.

After retiring from the land, Mr Randall said he now has the time to get involved in addition to his volunteering, which includes the Showground Trust.

Nominations for local government elections closed on Wednesday, August 8 and Mr Randall said he hoped the election campagin would stay clean in the run up to vote on September 8.

“I wish all candidates the best of luck."

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