Glenn's tilt for council
TREE-CHANGER Glenn Henry is the latest hopeful to put up his hand for a run at council next year and he's about getting back to basics.
The 46-year-old Warwick-based father of three yesterday announced his tilt, declaring Southern Downs residents were "calling for new blood".
"It's important to have a vision for the future, but first we need to get back to basics by fixing footpaths, damaged roads, playgrounds, and other matters which are of immediate concern," he said.
"Ratepayers deserve value for money - footpaths are unsafe, parks and playgrounds are run down and dirty and should be brought up to standard quickly.
"I would like to see better rest stops on the New England and Cunningham highways and the Warwick bypass has been put off for too long, creating danger and congestion.
"Traffic lights are needed at the corner of Wood and Dragon Sts, and Albion and Albert Sts.
"The council should be more confident in its decisions, rather than paying ratepayer money to consultants to tell us what we already know."
Mr Henry has also called for more major retailers to be encouraged to set up shop in the region and the creation of jobs in construction, retail, services and in the council.
"Our community groups are thriving but need suitable places to meet," he said.
"The council should ensure there are public facilities for our community groups, preferably utilising assets already owned by council."
Mr Henry, who is completing a Graduate Diploma in Business and has a background in real estate, small business, banking and aged care, said he moved his young family to Warwick three years ago after growing tired of a declining quality of life in Logan City.
"We'd passed through Warwick on the way to Tamworth and liked the look of the town - the friendliness, tidiness and good facilities and decided it would be a great place to raise our kids," he said.
Wife Sandy is at home with Sarah, 7, James, 4 and Chelsea, 11 months, and Mr Henry said his better half was "fully supportive" of his council bid.
Meanwhile Warwick business identity Greg Newey yesterday yet again ruled out a bid for the mayor's job next March, having been widely rumoured to be a starter.
He said he was flattered to hear his name had been mentioned but was firm in his decision not to run.