Two sons of former Corowa Shire Council councillors are on a five-persons ticket headed up by Mulwala resident Bronwyn Thomas for the Federation Council election.
Robert Purtle OAM, the son of the late Jack Purtle and Alan Bridges, the son of the late Owen Bridges, are proud of the contributions made by their fathers, with two popular town assets named after them: The J W Purtle Park along Mulwala Foreshore and the Owen Bridges Reserve in Spring Drive.
The ticket’s order is Bronwyn Thomas, Peter Seeliger, Liz Seeliger, Alan Bridges and Robert Purtle.
Bronwyn has lived on the outskirts of Mulwala for the past 16 years on the family farm along with her husband Douglas and their four children – all of whom attended Mulwala Public School.
Bronwyn has an Agricultural Science Degree and has always displayed and encouraged discussion focused on remote, rural and regional issues relating to agriculture on a local, state and federal level. She is a committed local primary producer dedicated to the farming industry.
Her service to the local community has involved being a committee member of the Mulwala Pre School, Mulwala Public School Council President/Secretary/Committee member, Mulwala Public School P&C President/Committee, Secretary Mt Gwynne Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, Secretary of Savernake Tennis Club, Committee Member/Secretary/Chairperson of Corowa District Landcare, Secretary of the Rennie Netball Cub, and Secretary of the Rennie Football Club.
Bronwyn’s focus is on farming issues, education and jobs for rural students, water rights, Landcare and the sustainable growth/development of the Mulwala township whilst taking into consideration the population dynamics and their requirements, plus the maintenance of quality sporting facilities.
Former mechanic Peter Seeliger served on the former Corowa Shire Council for nine years. “I have been keeping up to date on the progress of Federation Council,” he said. “There is a lot of work ahead for the new councillors who will need vision and strength to lay a strong foundation for the future of the shire. I have this.”
Peter’s wife Liz has an outstanding background which includes computer programme/systems analysts, public relations and mortgage broker and has undertaken a wide range of volunteer work.
Alan Bridges is retired, after an impressive career in the aviation industry as a pilot, engineer, air traffic controller, manager, project manager and safety specialist. “My father was about my age when he commenced his 14 years as a Corowa councillor, so I figure this is my time,” he said.
Rob Purtle OAM, the man popularly known as ‘Possum’, has been involved in many community organisations and in 2015, received an OAM for his community service to the area, which includes President of the Mulwala Progress Association for 40 years.
His aim is to see Mulwala grow in the right direction, to push for the Green Route Bridge to Yarrawonga, to get trucks and machinery out of Melbourne Street, to lobby for release of land on the Factory Hill for future development and to attract more industry and tourism to Mulwala, to make it an even more livable community.