Candidate statement – Malcolm Hole

I AM Wellington Shire’s longest serving councillor, twice mayor and recently retired from my own business after 32 years.

I am a widower with five children and 14 exciting grandchildren.

My community involvement over the years has included 17 years in Apex (life member), 16 years on water and sewerage authorities, including terms as chairman (two years) and deputy chair (nine years), involved with junior sports and school committees for a long time, Sale and Maffra band committees, initiator of the Heyfield Timber Festival (president for 13 years), 32 years member of the Heyfield Traders’ Association, holding most portfolios, director of Frontline Stores Australia (retired), councillor reresentative for Gippsland on Rural Councils Victoria (seven years), 13 years as delegate of Timber Towns Victoria (almost 10 as president), president of National Timber Councils Australia (six years), council delegate to the Seachange Conference, Country Rail Freight Alliance, plus other council committees.

If I am re-elected, I will continue to keep Wellington a modern council, providing community facilities for all to enjoy.

I will lobby for funding for a feasibility study for a new library, art gallery and community hub at Maffra, as is happening in towns around the shire; seek to link Licola and Dargo; protect our saleyards, as we are a rural shire; encourage the establishment of older age children playgrounds; pursue TAFE and Specialist School necessary funding; continue to act for our smaller towns and work with our neighbourhood houses to grow community development.

I will continue to make Wellington a great place to live, work, play, invest and raise a family.