Candidate statement – Peter Cleary

I HAVE lived in Wellington Shire for more than 20 years and my wife and I have settled here because we believe this is the best place to live in this wonderful country of ours.

Since 2005 I have been serving my community as a councillor and for the second time, as mayor. If re-elected I will continue to support social and economic growth that is focused on benefiting our residents and their families. I believe that community involvement in council decision making is essential and I will continue to strongly advocate for effective community consultation.

I am a strong supporter of the Wellington Shire youth councillors and have found their input to be of great value. I will continue to support development in our major centres as well as our smaller communities and I am a great advocate for the improvements to the Rosedale and Heyfield Pools as well as the development of the Yarram Hub.

I will also continue to support initiatives to increase efficiencies and minimize costs in managing the shire.

During my Air Force career I held many senior executive positions which have given me extensive experience in management, negotiating skills, long and short term planning and most importantly, the ability to listen to people and understand their issues. With your support, I look forward to serving this great community for another four years on council.