OUTGOING administrator and former Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall will head an independent ticket in the September 9 poll for the first elected Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.
Philosophically opposed to political parties in local government, Overall says his team is solely about the community. “It’s important we continue to build on the considerable work already undertaken on bringing us together and strengthening our ties while embracing and enhancing the diversity of our Queanbeyan-Palerang region,” he says.
“This is a critical time for our region,” he said.
“I am very proud to have served as Mayor of QCC from 2008 until 2016, followed by my appointment as administrator, and I’m committed to seeing the progress we’ve made continued and further extended to our now wider area.”
“I’m also very pleased to say I’m being supported by a terrific team of locals, from Queanbeyan to Braidwood, who are similarly passionate about our region and want to contribute to the positive future of our greater community.”
Running on Overall’s ticket of 11 candidates are former councillors Trudy Taylor and Peter Bray (deputy mayor, 2011-2015) plus RFS zone captain and builder, David Loft; small business owner and community representative Michele Biscotti; Bungendore Young Citizen of the Year 2016 Ashley Meyer-Dilley and Braidwood identity Danny King.
“In addition, Anthony Zakoski with his commitment to the promotion of the multicultural aspects of our region, and John Talbot, Vlado Cvetkoski and Rena Spears who have strong associations with many of our local sporting groups and voluntary organisations,” says Tim.
“Looking to the future, over the new council’s three-year term, myself and my team are committed to the stated community vision and aspirations for major road network projects (Ellerton Drive Extension, Nerriga Road sealing, Old Cooma Road duplication), town centre projects, new and improved sports and recreation facilities, swimming pool upgrades, seniors living accommodation across the whole region, as well as a regional multiplex cinema and regional sports complex.
“It is a big job, without a doubt, but our team has a proven track record and is 100 per cent committed to delivering for all our communities.”