SALE resident Patrick McIvor has announced he will stand in next month’s Wellington Shire Council election.
At 25-years-old, Mr McIvor’s announcement makes him the youngest candidate to nominate for election in the history of Wellington Shire.
Mr McIvor is an employment consultant with Work Solutions Gippsland and a local business owner, who recently married.
He is passionate about engaging young people in local leadership and decision-making and is eager for all age groups to contribute to growing a strong future for the shire.
“I believe all generations can work together to shape our future,” Mr McIvor said.
“We can create more opportunities locally to make Wellington Shire an even greater place to live and work.
“I will focus on attracting more university courses, co-operate with industries to boost employment opportunities and add fresh ideas to develop our tourism potential.”
Mr McIvor is concerned about the growing financial pressure on ratepayers in Wellington. If elected, Mr McIvor said he would find cost savings, propose a ‘no new borrowing’ policy and reduce council debt.
“Council currently owes $11.5 million and they plan to borrow another $8.2 million over the next four years – it’s not a good legacy for the next generation,” Mr McIvor said.
“I will seek to implement a ‘no new borrowing’ policy, which is currently in place in some neighbouring shires, and find cost savings to pay down the debt.
“Through this, and efficient management of the budget, we can put downward pressure on rates and relieve the burden on ratepayers.”