The administrator of the ‘What’s on in Howlong’ Facebook page, Malcolm Goldsmith, has set his sights on running for Federation Council’s upcoming elections.
The IT business owner decided to nominate after initial concern that no other Howlong residents were standing.
“I was concerned Howlong would not have any representation and so I put my hand up,” he said.
“I also want to ensure that the new council has representation from a range of age groups.”
The father of two teenagers has since joined the Howlong ticket being led by former Corowa Shire Deputy Mayor Mark Shields.
Mr Goldsmith is number two for ‘the right choice’ group that includes five candidates.
“I believe running on a ticket gives Howlong the best chance to get representation on the new council,” he said.
Mr Goldsmith has become known around town for his ‘What’s on in Howlong’ page that initially started out as a public community announcement board, but has now become much more with residents taking to the page to post about community issues.
The Howlong Community Committee has been using the page to keep residents informed about Cleanaway’s proposed organic waste compost facility.
The proposed compost facility within Howlong’s tip has become a major headache for many residents like Mr Goldsmith who are opposed to the location of such a facility.
“I am not against a compost facility, but this proposal is too close to town,” Mr Goldsmith said.
“Something like that simply does not need to be close to town, it can be built anywhere.
“Also the process that has been followed to get us where we are now doesn’t sit well with the community.”
Mr Goldsmith has been following Federation Council closely since it has been running in administration for the past 12 months and believes some decisions should have been left for an elected council to make.
“After the mergers and all the kerfuffle, it will be nice for the dust to settle and the new council can get on with things,” he said.
“I am very keen to utilise technology to increase the transparency and accessibility of government as well as bringing services to rural and remote families.”