Immediate past mayor of the former Corowa Shire Council, Paul Miegel, said the new Federation Council has a great opportunity to move forward that will “only be achieved if there is a considered, positive direction from the newly elected councillors”.
“The past year has been difficult for all communities as they haven’t had direct representation whilst the council has been under administration,” he said.
“The newly elected councillors now face new challenges and opportunities.”
Mr Miegel has therefore nominated for the upcoming election accordingly.
The 57-year-old nominee has 30 years of successful local business experience, together with a strong community involvement with the Corowa Health, Social and Community Support Committee and the Rotary Club of Corowa including the revitalisation of the New Year’s Fireworks.
A highly talented cricketer with bat and wicketkeeper gloves, he played in eight premierships with Corowa Cricket Club and is a club life member. He also played in a reserves premiership with Corowa-Rutherglen Football Club and won a best and fairest with Hopefield-Buraja.
Totalling four years in Local Government, Mr Miegel has recent experience as a former councillor, deputy mayor (2014/15) and mayor (2015/16) together with advising the Federation Council Administrator as a member of council’s Local Representative Committee (2016/17).
Mr Miegel is asking for the support of all residents so he can be part of what he describes as a cohesive, positive and proactive council that will:
represent the interests of the entire council area and all communities regardless of their size
take advantage of the opportunities that are presented
promote the council area as a great place to visit, live and work.
provide good governance over the council organisation.
“The history of the two former Corowa and Urana Shires should be remembered and respected as they have done a great job for their respective communities,” Paul said.
“The challenge now is to look forward as the new entity starts to make its own history by providing the best value services for its ratepayers, and encouraging more people to visit and live in our area.
“I welcome the prospect of a large field of nominations for this election and urge all ratepayers to carefully consider the platforms of all candidates as the selection of nine councillors, and the future of the new Federation Council, is firmly in their hands.”