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Meet John Tramby and Brendan Munn – Group F in the upcoming MPSC local election

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John Tramby

John Tramby is 69 years of age and married to Marilyn. They have three adult children, Lila-Jane and Thomas in Moree, and Gabrielle in Canberra.

John and Marilyn operate their own rural and agricultural business at Gurley, south of Moree, where they also live.

The Tramby name is synonymous with the area. The family settled on the Moree Plains more than 150 years ago, and the family business was established at Gurley 79 years ago.

John was born in Moree and has lived and worked in the shire all his life, except for two years of national service in Vietnam.

He is passionate about the needs and rights of war veterans and was a driving force behind the recent commemorative service held in Moree, marking the 50-year anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

John is a patron of the Gurley Pony Club and Moree Secondary College, and is actively involved in many local clubs and institutions. He is also a life member of the NSW Returned Services League (RSL) and a member of the Rural Fire Brigade.

He is also a long-serving Moree Plains Shire councillor and was mayor for one term between 2004 and 2007.

How long have you sat as a councillor on MPSC, and what was your initial reason for standing as a candidate?

I have been a councillor for 21 years and I originally put my hand up because I wanted to see the Newell Highway bypass become a reality. Rural roads, employment opportunities and the development of employment opportunities are also some of my chief concerns.

What are the main reasons you are standing for council again?

I would like to see an upgrade the Moree Memorial Hall’s heating, cooling, sound and lighting and develop the facility for live performances and cinema.

Are you standing alone or with a running mate(s)?

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John Tramby (Image supplied)

I am standing with Brenden Munn.

What do you love most about Moree Plains Shire?

It is a great area, but the generosity of the locals and their support for each other are stand-out qualities.

What do you think the main issues are in Moree at the moment that need addressing?

Social issues, youth unemployment and the unsealed rural roads network need attention. Burnt-out houses are an eyesore and need cleaning up.

Do you think the current council is aiming in the right direction on various projects and/or issues?

I do have my concerns on this issue.

How can the current council improve on what it is doing at the moment? Is money being spent on the right projects and in the right areas?

Current council needs to reduce cost overruns, and meet budgets.

How do you think MPSC performed in the last term? What projects have been delivered and is it meeting targets?

How the Moree Plains Shire Council performed is a question for the voters to answer on September 9.

What do you think have been MPSC’s biggest achievements in the past five years?

The Newell Highway bypass was a major achievement.

Have there been any disappointments?

In council, there are always disappointments.

What will be you main goals and targets with council if re-elected this year?

I want to see debt reduction and rural road upgrades. Moree also needs a cinema for the young and the not-so-young. Our youth, on P-plates, should not have to drive for an hour on a busy highway to enjoy a movie. Moree should also establish a military museum in the War Memorial Education Centre to record and preserve our military history.

What are you pastimes, hobbies or passions?

The future of Moree and district.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn’t been covered in this questionnaire?

Just to remind voters to vote for at least five people to make their vote valid and suggest they vote one to nine to make their vote count. Also they can vote early, from August 29 at the Banquet Hall adjacent to Moree Memorial Hall.

Brendan Munn

Brendan Munn is 51 years of age and married to Karen. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine.

Brendan was born in Moree and raised at Pallamallawa. He and Karen have been long-term residents of Gurley, where they are very active in the local community, as well as the Moree community.

Brendan is deputy captain in the Gurley bush fire brigade and a trustee on the Gurley recreation reserve trust. He is also an enthusiastic member of the Moree Show Society for the past nine years and society president for most of those years. Karen has been Moree Show Society honorary secretary for several years.

Brendan is employed in Moree at Lowes Petroleum.

“I’ve been with Lowes for 15 years now and prior to that I worked for Williams Bobcats for seven years, which entailed a lot of work for Moree Plains Shire Council,” Brendan said.

How long have you sat as a councillor on MPSC, and what was your initial reason for standing as a candidate?

I have been on council for one four-year term. I first ran so I could have a say in how things are done, and to contribute to the Moree and district community.

What are the main reasons you are standing for council again?

I still think there is a large amount to understand and there are projects in Moree that I would like to see completed.

Are you standing alone or with a running mate(s)?

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Brendan Munn

I am running with John Tramby, who is also from Gurley.

What do you love most about Moree Plains Shire?

The Moree district is a part of me and the freedom we enjoy out in the plains is something city people just don’t get to experience, until we entice them out here for a visit.

What do you think the main issues are in Moree at the moment that need addressing?

The main issues are of course roads. We live in an area where we have an extreme road network for the population and keeping that network in shape is not just about grading or patching, it is the vigilance of policing those roads to prevent undue damage from grossly overloaded vehicles and understanding the reactive soils on which our roads are built helps me with my decisions in council.

Do you think the current council is aiming in the right direction on various projects and/or issues?

I believe council is always pushing to get more bang for our buck and this includes grants etcetera from higher government departments to help council in its operations.

How can the current council improve on what it is doing at the moment? Is money being spent on the right projects and in the right areas?

That is a question that is always vigorously debated but as long as the best outcome is achieved for the residents if Moree then I think council is doing its best.

How do you think MPSC performed in the last term? What projects have been delivered and is it meeting targets?

Council ran pretty well to budget with good outcomes throughout the shire.

What do you think have been MPSC’s biggest achievements in the past five years?

I think revitalising the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre and completing the Gateway are the biggest projects and challenges the council has achieved. Improving council’s direction on these projects has been a better outcome for Moree

Have there been any disappointments?

There are always disappointments but that is part of life and you just have to deal with it and move on.

What will be you main goals and targets with council if re-elected this year?

I would like to see Moree have a cinema, which will be possible in the upgrades that are needed in the Moree Memorial Hall precinct as well as improvements in the way we look after our vast road network.

What are you pastimes, hobbies or passions?

My pastimes include being part of the Moree Show Society where I have been president at different times over the last nine years. I like fishing and golf when I can grab a game. I also like mowing, which I tend to do a fair bit of in Gurley, keeping the place tidy in areas that are not under contract.

In general I like to help out where I can for the good of the community.

Is there anything else you would like to add that hasn’t been covered in this questionnaire?

I am passionate about the rights of freehold landholders and wants to protect the Moree shire from detrimental development, particularly exploration mining.

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