CITY of Greater Bendigo North West Plains Ward councillor Bruce Phillips will run in October's election.
Cr Phillips told www.bendigoweekly.com.au he would nominate for the Lockwood Ward.
He said the biggest issue facing council at the moment was its $10.3 million superannuation shortfall.
"If we can't resolve that we will have to slash and burn," he said.
"We will have to stop some works, and for that amount of money about 60 staff members mightn't have a job."
Cr Phillips said an independent review of council was a waste of money, and questioned last week's call from Eaglehawk Ward councillor Peter Cox for a rates cap.
"I understand from the Municipal Association of Victoria that unless you are increasing rates by between 5.7 per cent and six per cent you are standing still," he said.
"With a four per cent cap like Ballarat, I wonder whether they are going backwards."
Cr Phillips, who was elected in a 2010 by-election after the death of Kevin Gibbins, said council was doing a good job, and needed to continue its strong strategic and planning work.
"We are doing OK. I believe council has been on the right course," he said.
"The latest survey results indicate we are doing better than the rest of the state."
Cr Phillips acknowledged more needed to be done in the areas of drainage and road maintenance.
"We should be sealing our roads every 20 years and rehabilitating them every 50," he said.
"We are doing it at about half that rate."
Cr Phillips said Fortuna needed to stay in public hands and council had to rationalise facilities such as some pools to ensure others stayed in good condition.
He said planning laws should also be relaxed to allow for easier in-fill residential subdivisions, especially where heritage and environmental matters were concerned.
"We need to be realistic about what we keep and what we sacrifice to make sure we have a more compact city," he said.