First cab off rank: A Granite Belt council hopeful steps forward
STANTHORPE’S Stephen Tancred has got the ball rolling, the first Granite Belt resident to announce his candidacy for the March 2020 local government elections.
An agronomist and active part of the local horticulture industry, Mr Tancred has 10 year’s experience working with the Department of Primary Industries and 25 years in the private sector.
“I have been asked by many people to seriously consider running and have made the decision this week. I think I can make a positive contribution to the region, and am at a stage of my life where I have the time to devote to the task,” Mr Tancred said.
“While campaigning will start in earnest in the New Year, I thought it fair to declare my hand now and just start the conversation before Christmas.
“The Southern Downs is a great place to live and work and although its going through a tough time with the drought, we will bounce back when it breaks, and I’d like to be part of that story.
“Very few other candidates for councillors or mayor have declared yet, so I think its too early to start sharing my thoughts on policy or initiatives, suffice to say I care deeply about the region and it’s people, and if I didn’t have some fresh ideas I wouldn’t be running.
“I’ve done the mandatory training run by the Local Government Department, I’ve registered with the Electoral Commission of Queensland and am looking forward to moving around the region over the next few months to gauge the thoughts and concerns of residents,” he said.