It is not BeCA’s role to give total support to any one candidate over another for the upcoming Council Elections for the Division 1 Councillor. However what the benefits each candidate may bring for the residents of our community is a relevant issue.
At the recent Public Meeting, current Councillor Rick Baberowski and two of the challenging candidates Dave Ritson and Rod Jones attended. Meeting time was limited so the two challenging candidates had only a short time to present themselves to those at the meeting. The third challenging candidate Peter Robinson, has not responded to any invitations provided by BeCA
Both challenging candidates saw issues relating to the Bruce Highway upgrade and the failure of Council to negotiate a better deal or planning for local businesses as a major reason for their nomination. The upgrade is a Federal Government project with an overall ‘Highway 1 at 110kph’ and the removal of local traffic where possible policy. Council would have had an almighty job to change Federal Government policy.
In a brief discussion after the meeting with BeCA President Les Thomas, it was said by a challenging candidate that Bellvista and Bells Reach had received great service from the current Councillor, service which they said had not been reflected in other sections of the Division.
Our area was seen as not requiring the same degree of action as the hinterland towns in the near future.
As mentioned in the ‘post’ dated March 8th where President Les Thomas thanked Cr Baberowski for his support over the preceding 3 years, a continued association with Cr Baberowski (or any Councillor prepared to support this Community) would be welcomed.
The elections are to be conducted this Saturday, the local voting centre is at Unity College in Bellvista.