Forgive us if we’re wrong but it seems like there are HEAPS of new candidates for the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo council elections on Saturday 22 October 2016. The Bendigo Weekly has estimated 26 candidates, but we only know of
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Here are the candidates (in alphabetical order, per ward):
- Cr Rod Campbell is a retired civil engineer. He has held senior engineering and planning roles with the former South Barwon, Myrtleford and Marong municipalities. Cr Campbell is a Life Member of The Institution of Engineers and has a Graduate Membership of the AICD and owned his own consulting business.
Cr Campbell has worked with both urban and rural communities across Victoria in development and planning, design and road construction, buildings and sporting infrastructure.
Rod was raised on the land and, along with his wife Alison has spent the past 30 years living and raising his family in Bendigo. Cr Campbell is a past President of the Apex Club of Myrtleford. Included in his interests are history, heritage, the arts, collectables, all things mechanical and meeting people from all walks of life.
Having been confined to a wheelchair since 2010 his wife, Alison, supports him as a carer in all his Council duties.
- Colin Carrington – article here
- Nick Cugura – article here
- George Flack – article here
- Suzie Hawke – article here
- Cr Helen Leach holds an Advanced Diploma of Nursing, Certificates in Aged Care and Disability, and Health and Community Care and Business.
After being a registered nurse for over 16 years, Cr Leach moved into hotel management in Mansfield for 10 years before returning to part-time care work with the CoGB in Aged and Disability Services.
Cr Leach is actively involved in the community through volunteering. She has worked for St Vincent de Paul for over 24 years as well as helping out at Bethlehem Home for the Aged and as a volunteer fundraising assistant for the Gianna Centre among other organisations.
Outside of Council duties, Cr Leach enjoys walking her dog, swimming, music and spending time with her husband, four children and grandchildren.
- Brenton Johnson – “Every single day I’m doing everything in my power to make sure every Bendigo citizen is better off today, than they were yesterday.”
- Margaret O’Rourke was born and raised in Bendigo and attended Holy Rosary Primary School and St Mary’s College Bendigo, now Catholic College. Over a 30 year management career with Telstra, Marg worked all over Australia before returning to her home town as a General Manager with Telstra Countrywide.
Marg’s experience now extends to running her own consulting business. Her work in telecommunications and economic development involves leading the Aspire Project and contributing to various regional boards. She also has experience in small business with her husband Ray.
Ray and Marg live in Junortoun with their daughters. They enjoy their girls’ sporting and school activities and passionately following Geelong Football Club.
- Local builder and businessman Geoff Stephens believes sincere community consultation, transparency of council processes and accountable, informed decision making are essential to be truly representative. More here from the Bendigo Weekly. and Bendigo Addy.
- Cr Mark Weragoda was born in Sri-Lanka and migrated to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1975. He attended Castlemaine High School before completing his education at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education. He and Leonie have two children. Since 1981 he has operated a signwriting business, Mark Weragoda Signs. Cr Weragoda joined the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst in 1991 and served as President of the club in 2000-2001 and various other positions.
In 2005, he was the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow – an award made to individual Rotarians who have given significantly through their involvement in their community. In 2014, he was awarded by Rotary District 9800 a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow for his commitment and service on a District level.
Cr Weragoda is a member of the Bendigo Jockey Club and a Board Member of the Gallic Club.
- Yvonne Wrigglesworth is President of Axedale Our Town – Our Future, Chair of Community Leadership Loddon Murray, a Board Director of the Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise and a committee member of the Strathfieldsaye Storm Junior Football Club.
Yvonne is a member of the AICD and works as the Director of Strategy, Planning & Governance at Bendigo Health and is married to Cameron with two children.
There are heaps of articles about Yvonne here.
- Jennifer Alden – article here.
- We’re not sure whether Cr Elise Chapman is running for Council this term.
- Matt Emond will be working hard to ensure that the City of Greater Bendigo puts community first. – article here.
- Our current Mayor, Rod Fyffe is a retired teacher who taught mathematics, economics, accounting, geology, industry and enterprise and classical societies at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.In 2013, he was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Cr Fyffe was a Councillor with the former City of Bendigo from 1983 to 1994 and was first elected to the City of Greater Bendigo in 1996.
- Cr Barry Lyons is a retired businessman who moved to Kangaroo Flat in 1981 and established strong links to the local community.Cr Lyons served as a Councillor with the former Shire of Romsey in the 1970s.
He is a family man, married to Betty and has five children and 11 grandchildren. He is the former licensee of Kangaroo Flat’s Windermere Hotel, a family business he owned and operated for 23 years.
Cr Lyons is a long term supporter and sponsor of local sport, including Kangaroo Flat Football/Netball and Cricket Clubs. He served as President of the Kangaroo Flat Lions Club and as a board member of the Kangaroo Flat Community Health Centre.
- Jan Pagliaro has worked in aged care and in the disability sector and said if elected, her focus would be to protect people in both these groups. “I will strongly advocate for the most disadvantaged in our community.”
- Vaughan Williams
- Cr Peter Cox lives in California Gully and has worked for Future Employment Opportunities for 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Eaglehawk Enterprise Park, now known as Workplace Eaglehawk, and the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop. He has a tertiary qualification in Community Development and is a trained mediator and facilitator. Cr Cox also served as a Councillor with the former City of Hawthorn during the 1970s and has worked with young people to pioneer changes to legislation to reduce road deaths. In 2005 he was named Social Ventures Australia’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2008 received the Eaglehawk Community Service Award. In 2013 Cr Cox received Rotary’s highest individual Award, the Paul Harris Fellow.
- Michelle Goldsmith – article here
- Wayne Gregson – article here
- Andrea Metcalfe
- Malcolm Pethybridge is a self-funded retire who has worked in and around Bendigo in the engineering industry, all his working life and has also owned and ran a farm successfully. Malcolm will talk to the people first and research projects in person not just on google earth and push the citizens views of Bendigo, Whipstick Ward and the needs of the municipality of Bendigo.
- Thomas Prince wants to help Bendigo move forward in a positive direction through:
Making a stand on unacceptable social behaviours including violence in the CBD and drug and alcohol fuelled violence, encouraging healthy lifestyles and supporting the CoGB residents wellbeing though proactive use of community spaces and further development of existing community hubs. Also, by providing better avenues to keep the community connected by improving the roads in our the remote communities and upgrading high risk intersections and better communication between the Council and its constituents
- Cr James Williams has lived and worked for 28 years as a self-employed farmer in Drummartin where he was one of three directors that built a company specialising in the growing and sale of fodder to the domestic and export markets. Now retired, he and his wife live in Bendigo.
Cr Williams also served as a Councillor with the former Shire of Huntly and in 1999 won the Hanslow Cup, an innovation and Landcare award for primary producers. Cr Williams is a graduate of the AICD and was a founding member of the Northern United Forestry Group and the Bendigo Creek Floodplain group.
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Updated 24 August 2016