THE Greens have announced their first endorsed candidate for next month’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections .
Local teacher and community worker Tim Bardsley has been endorsed as the Greens’ candidate in the Eppalock Ward.
Mr Bardsley, 35, studied at La Trobe University in Bendigo in the 1990s and fell in love with the city.
“I love the fact that Bendigo is a city in a forest,” he said.
“It is great to have the forest on your doorstep, wherever you are in Bendigo.
“I often go for walks and rides with family in our Box Ironbark forests, which are unique.
“They really get in your blood. It is one of the many reasons my family and I chose to live here seven years ago.”
Mr Bardsley, who ran for the Greens in Bendigo East at the 2010 state election, said more consultation was needed at council level.“Genuine consultation between community groups and developers early on, to avoid the kinds of bun fights we’ve seen over Aspinal Street, and currently out at Axe Creek, would be good,” he said.
“These disputes are time consuming and expensive for everyone, so lets involve people from the community and take notice of them from the beginning.
“These are exciting times for Bendigo, there are so many opportunities for business and community growth, and ecologically responsible development, but there are challenges ahead too.
“Bendigo and its outlying towns deserve an excellent public transport system, and a sustainable approach to waste management.”
Mr Bardsley called for an independent review of council finances.
“I believe in openness and transparency in office,” he said.
“I would like to see an independent review of the council books so that we, the citizens of Bendigo, can have confidence in the future planning and budgeting of council.“I will be a consultative councillor, if elected. One who listens to people and works for the benefit of as many people as possible.”