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Meet Peter Strang and Jim Crawford – Group C in the upcoming MPSC local election

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Peter Strang

Peter Strang is 59 years of age and has had a range of work experiences that include farming, cotton merchandising, project management with the Great Artesian Bore Scheme Initiative and more recently as a small business advisor with the Small Biz Connect programme. He is also an accredited bookkeeper and has a particular interest in activities that involve sustainable recycling practices.

Born-and-bred in the Moree district, he is married to Fiona and they have two adult children, James and Annabelle. Peter’s early schooling was at North Star before attending The Kings School in Parramatta for secondary education

“After my early career as a farmer at Garah, and apart from stints away with education or work, Moree and district has always been home,” Peter said.

Have you had any previous roles, either as an employee or volunteer in local, state or federal government? 

I previously served one term as a Moree Plains Shire councillor between 2008 and 2012.

What are the main reasons that made you want to stand for council? 

I’m interested in a sustainable community and have the willingness to contribute.

Is this the first time you have stood for council? 

No, I was elected as a MPSC councillor in 2008.

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

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Peter Strang (Image supplied)

I am running with Jim Crawford.

What do you love most about Moree Plains Shire?

The facilities here satisfy most of my requirements and I am happy to call the place home.

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

Moree needs to sustain its position as a strong regional community.

Do you think the current council is aiming in the right direction on various projects and/or issues?  Yes, but some things need re-assessing.

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

From my previous experience, unless people are aware of what is being discussed at council it is unfair to make a comment.  What may seem a major issue from outside can have a lot of unknown factors that can or will influence decisions.  Councillors are our elected representatives and do a job not many people put their hands up to do, so I respect their decisions even if I don’t always agree.  It is up to ratepayers to try and be aware of what is going on as well, to try and help councillors make decisions that best reflect community needs.  Has the current council let down the people of Moree? If so, how?

No, but I am pleased with the number of people wanting to stand at this election, as new faces and ideas will help reinvigorate the overall process.

What are you pastimes, hobbies or passions? 

I enjoy woodworking, photography, bushwalking and travelling.

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

One thing I want to see is a regular spot for councillors at the Moree Markets as a way of encouraging public feedback on various matters that involve or affect the Moree shire.

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford is 64 years of age. He is married to Christine and they have three daughters, Tracey, Amy and Sarah who were raised, educated and employed in Moree.

Jim is now retired and was area manager of North West County Council, which is now known as Essential Energy after numerous name changes. Jim retired as regional manager in 2009 and has been in Moree since late 1982. He was born-and-bred in Inverell.

Jim is very involved in the community, being an active member of Moree Apex Club, the Rotary Club of Moree, where he served terms as president and secretary. He was also presented with the prestigious award, the Paul Harris Fellowship, which is the highest accolade Rotary International that can be bestowed on a Rotarian. Jim was also honorary treasurer for six years of Moree Rural Counselling Service when it was operational and is currently president of Moree Family Support, a non-government organisation tasked with assisting people in need in the communities of this shire. Jim is also a committee member of Moree Area Homelessness Services, another NGO assisting people in need, president of University of the Third Age, volunteer driver for Moree Community Transport and on a permanent roster for Meals on Wheels deliveries.

Have you had any previous roles, either as an employee or volunteer in local, state or federal government?

I was employed in the electricity supply industry for 36 years, 26 of those as manager. I starting as area manager and retired as regional manager. I have a good understanding of how councils operate and work

What are the main reasons that made you want to stand for council?

I believe in giving back to the community what you take from it. Standing for council and representing ratepayers and other stake holders is another way I can do that.

Is this the first time you have stood for council?

Yes, this is the first time I have nominated for public office.

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

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Jim Crawford (Image supplied)

I am running as an independent on the same ticket as Peter Strang.

What do you love most about Moree Plains Shire?

I like the climate, the location and living in this community, which has been very good to myself and my family. I’ve been here a long time and am now retired in town.

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

Three areas of interest to me are roads, tourism and industry.

Roads: because we are an agricultural shire we need a good, well maintained road network to get supplies to the rural producers and their product to markets.

Tourism: the local tourist centre is doing an excellent job and I am all for encouraging them to maintain that. Tourism is dollars for the shire.

Industry: it would be advantageous to diversify by attracting industry to the shire and having an abundant supply of good quality water under us should help with that.

Although I have lived in towns all my life I am not town centric. The wealth of this shire comes from the rural community.

Do you think the current council is aiming in the right direction on various projects and/or issues? With what I know I would suggest they are but I cannot answer any better than that because I do not have all the information required.

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

Again, I cannot comment without all the information required at hand.

Has the current council let down the people of Moree? If so, how?

There is much more to this shire than just the people of Moree. Everyone at some time in life may feel they have been let down, but I believe the current council is addressing the whole shire as they should.

What are you pastimes, hobbies or passions?

Family is very important to me (we have eight grandchildren). Also, reading, current affairs, cooking, photography and volunteer work in the community gives me a lot of satisfaction.

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

In my management roles I provided solid leadership abilities combined with proven skills in strategy, finance and risk management. I know the importance of working in a team environment to achieve set outcomes within budget and on time. I believe I have the skills required to be an effective councillor.

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