Meet Glen Ryan, a stand-alone candidate in the upcoming MPSC local election
Glen Ryan is 62 years of age. He is married to Carmen and they have two adult children, Patrick and Madelaine as well as four grand-children. Glen is employed as a part-time teacher in Special Ed at Moree Secondary College’s Carol Ave Campus. He is also a real-estate licensee. Glen and Carmen were visiting their son and family regularly for 12 years and have now lived permanently in Moree for four years. Glen and his wife reside in town. They are originally from Shoalhaven on the NSW south coast. They relocated to Moree to be closer to their grandchildren.
Glen says that Moree also needs to get on ‘the map’ with “more events such as music festivals, concerts and sporting events”.
Have you had any previous roles, either as an employee or volunteer in local, state or federal government?
What are the main reasons that made you want to stand for council?
I want to present residents’ ideas and needs before council and follow through to get results.
Also, we need to get the empty shops in the main street occupied and lift the image of our CBD, and to investigate ways of getting new businesses in town. Maintenance on footpaths is also needed – Albert Street has not been edged for four years.
We also need to investigate ways of getting the Gateway out of the ‘white elephant’ status.
We need to investigate ways of increasing youth employment and ways to stem the tide of substance abuse.
We also need to develop and investigate ways to help struggling families – indigenous and non-indigenous.
Is this the first time you have stood for council?
Yes, in Moree, once in the City of Shoalhaven.
Are you standing alone or with a running mate?
I am standing alone.
What do you love most about Moree Plains Shire?
I love the broad open acres, friendly people and great coffee.
What do you think the main issues are in Moree that need addressing?
Get the empty shops occupied to boost the economy and employment opportunities for the youth of Moree.
Do you think the current council is aiming in the right direction on various projects and/or issues?
I will be better informed on this once there but there are many opinions and comments running around town on various topics, particularly in the area of encouraging new businesses into town. Maybe they are true, maybe they are not. But I will be able to comment once elected and all the information in front of me.
How can the current council improve on what it is doing at the moment?
Get some ‘new blood’ in with new ideas and energy.
Is money being spent on the right projects?
Many residents think the Gateway and the Water Park may be questionable but I need to get more information once on Council.
Has the current council let down the people of Moree? If so, how?
All I know is that in the four years I have been here I have noticed too many businesses closing down.
What are your pastimes, hobbies or passions?
My chief passions are family, Church, gym, hot pools, walking, picnics and coffee.
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