And it seems, at least by the vast number of new candidates fighting for a Cockburn council seat, that he was right.
Considering earlier concerns that seats would be retained largely uncontested, we wanted to know why each had put their hand up to represent the people of Cockburn.
Their reasons varied widely. Some wanted to create a more sustainable environment while others were keen to provide more council transparency.
‘Actively involved in the community through Cockburn Rotary, Bendigo Community Bank Committee and 22 Suburbs – Talking about Cockburn online blog, I believe I can provide the fresh perspective and strong representation Cockburn and specifically West ward residents need as we enter a period of immense change and growth,’ West ward candidate Lyndsey Wetton said.
For East ward candidate Sherry Sufi, it was about making things simpler. ‘I am running for council because local government has slowly been expanding beyond the expectation of the average ratepayer and I intend to combat this by bringing things back to basics,’ he said.
Central ward candidate Nicholas Gribble wanted more community involvement.
‘The population of Cockburn is rapidly growing and to become sustainable I believe there must be greater community involvement in how we plan our future,’ he said.
‘There are huge opportunities open to us if we are able to incorporate the existing wisdom that is in the community.’
For a more information, visit inmycommunity.com.au for full responses from candidates.