Four nominate for Mid Murray Council at Shearer ward by-election

A retired council executive, a telecommunications expert and two small business owners have nominated to fill a vacancy on the Mid Murray Council.

Information about Robin Bourne, Henry Grabowski, Tony Hoskin and Kirsty MacGregor will be posted to residents of the council's Shearer ward - the area around Mannum - this week.

Mr Bourne was the last chief executive officer of the Ridley-Truro Council, which was amalgamated into the Mid Murray Council in 1997; and served as the new council's finance and corporate affairs director from 1997 until his retirement in 2016.

That experience and knowledge would serve him well as an elected member, he said, as would his belief in the value of "active public engagement, ethical decision making ... and sound financial management".

He is currently treasurer of Mannum Club, secretary of Mannum Rowing Club and a Meals on Wheels committee member.

Mr Grabowski is a senior project manager with Telstra, and has served as a director and deputy chairman of nursing home Aminya.

He said he believed in steady, careful growth as Mannum became a major hub for the surrounding region, and in community consultation.

"Your opinions matter and people in the community should have every opportunity to be a part of shaping that vision," he said.

Mr Hosking is owner of Mannum Timber Inspirations, a history buff, amateur astronomer and frequent volunteer with the PS Marion, Mannum Dock Museum, Mannum Riverside Markets and Mannum Show.

"We need to secure sound economic and social pathways, creating an attractive region to live and visit through a unified, positive council voice," he said.

"I am passionate about preserving and celebrating our unique local and maritime history (and) sustaining a family-friendly environment for our residents and visitors, assisting to build a real sense of community for years to come."

Ms MacGregor has a background in nursing and tourism, and formerly managed Mannum Caravan Park before taking on garden and maintenance business Pitmac Services.

"I am confident that my work-life experience will bring to council a level, mature voice that reflects the needs of the community," she said.

"I am honest, fair, motivated and will work with the current elected members to make sound decisions reflecting community values; ensuring that council is transparent, accountable and economically and environmentally sustainable; encouraging tourism; maintaining all our unique history; and preserving a quality, affordable lifestyle."

Residents will have until July 8 to return their postal ballots in the non-compulsory vote.

The by-election became necessary after the untimely death of Councillor Steve Wilkinson in a road accident on April 5.

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