PRE-POLLING has opened for the local government elections.
The Scone Advocate asked each of the Upper Hunter Shire’s 13 candidates two questions to help residents to decide their vote.
The questions were:
- Why should Upper Hunter residents vote for you on September 10?
- What are you hoping to achieve/what are the issues that concern you most?
Here is Liam Garment’s response:
Question 1: I am 47 years old, a small business owner of Sylvia’s Café Restaurant, Merriwa, and have lived in Merriwa since 2010. I have a Diploma in Business, Frontline Management, and a Diploma in Community Services, gained with Distinction. I have served my community since 1991 as a NSW Justice of the Peace, and have lived and worked in the Upper Hunter since 2001.
I have worked in many community roles. I have worked as a Senior Constable of the NSW Police Service, a Centrelink Personal Advisor, a Job Network Manager, Retail Manager for Repco and Telstra, Assistant Manager of Upper Hunter Community Services, and as a Tourist Officer for Council.
My local business prides itself on supporting other local businesses, spending local, shopping local, employing local youth, and promoting local.
Council needs to be transparent and accountable for their actions to the Upper Hunter Shire. Council needs to act with honesty, honour, integrity and probity. I have had enough of the lies and deceit. I have had enough of the neglect and impediment. It’s time to take a stand for integrity, honesty and commitment. I am running for the community as a whole and believe that together we can make a difference in which we all can be proud of and believe in. I am running because I listen to my community, and I hear their dissatisfaction with Council.
Councillors should be running the Council, not the Public Servant. The Upper Hunter Shire residents elect the Council for this purpose. Council should be demanding transparency from their public servants, and hold them accountable for their decisions.
Question 2: Better rural roads, as all roads should be maintained and grated as required for the safety of Upper Hunter Shire residents and the visitors to our community.
- Green waste disposal bins for all ratepayers.
- Lowering Rates through better financial management, accountability and transparency of financial transactions of the Upper Hunter Shire resident’s dollar.
Local pre-polling locations and dates include:
- August 29 to September 9 – Upper Hunter Shire Council Administration Centre, 135 Liverpool Street, Scone.
- August 29 to September 9 – Muswellbrook region returning officer’s office, Shop 7, 88-96 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook.
- September 7 to September 9 – Upper Hunter Shire Council offices, 47 Mayne Street, Murrurundi.
- September 8 to September 9 – Upper Hunter Shire Council offices, 42 Vennacher Street, Merriwa.