Ballarat Councillor Jim Rinaldi will stand for council again.Ballaratseems to besuffering from a lackof candidates willing to throw their hat in the City of Ballarat ring.
With major economic projects in the balance – and October 22only sixmonths away – potential candidates for the upcoming council elections are few and far between.
Of the current nine councillors, only three,Des Hudson, Peter Innes and Jim Rinaldi have confirmed they will stand again.Cr Rinaldi confirmed his intention to run again to The Courier on Wednesday citing adesire to complete“unfinished projects”as akey factor in his decision to run.
“As a council we need to see projectsthrough,” Cr Rindaldi said. “I see my role as looking after the little guy.I’ve got no issue in voting for what I think is right regardless of how other councillors vote..I don’t have ahidden agenda.”
OfThe Courier’slist of potential council candidates, several have indicated they are still considering their options, with the workload and the pay proving a major factor.North ward Councillor Vicki Coltman said she was still weighting up her options but leaning towards running for council again.
“It’s an incrediblyhuge commitment but I’m not complaining as I do love the job and the strategic discussion and work with the communitythatcomes with it,” Cr Coltman said.
“However, from a career point of view and personal development point of view, if I was to run again, I would be seeking to be employed in a job as well as my role as a councillor…it’s a lot to consider.”
Ballarat councillors Samantha McIntosh, Belinda Coates and Glen Crompton said they were all still deciding whether or not to take the plunge.Cr McIntosh said the welcomedappointment of the city’s new chief executiveJustine Linley from Northern Grampians Shire would be a deciding factor for her.
“I’m still considering my options,” Cr McIntosh said.“I’m waiting to see how the appointment of new chief executive pans out and will make a decision closer to the time.”
Cr Crompton said as the city’s populations swells to record levels and the demand for infrastructure continues to soar,the pressure on councillors has never been greater.
The Courier contacted Cr Amy Johnson for comment and is awaiting a response.As for the rest of the field, only fourcandidates have put their hands up so far.FormerCity of Ballarat senior officer and gay rights activist,Ron Egeberg, retired farmer Grant Tillett and Ballarat born up-and-comer Robert Edward Smith.
Gary Fitzgerald, who is retired and volunteers at the Ballarat Tourist Information Centrewill also stand again in Central Ward.
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