I have just nominated for the October 24 Hobsons Bay City Council election.

If elected, it will be my seventh term on the council and I relish the challenge to again serve our community.

I still have the passion to work for the Hobsons Bay community. In fact, the past couple of years have been the most rewarding of the nearly 22 years spent as your elected representative.

That period has included two stints as Mayor: in 2008-09 and 2015-16.

Many know that I have a passion to keep people active and participating in sports and we are halfway through a big capital works program in that area.

Some of the projects just completed include the extension of the Williamstown Juniors Football Club pavilion at Bayside College’s Williamstown campus (pictured above) and the rugby and cricket pitches at the college’s Paisley campus.

But many sports projects have only just started – such as the pavilion, second oval and tennis courts at Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood, the pavilion and sports surfaces at Digman Reserve in Newport and the big development at Crofts Reserve in Altona North.

I would like to continue on the Council to see these unfinished projects through to fruition but also continue to roll out new ones over the next few years.

Of course, there are many non-sports projects in Strand Ward that I want to pursue as well.

With the Covid pandemic hitting the community hard, it is important to elect someone with years of experience to the council.

There needs to be some stability on the Council.

I am seeking the support of Strand Ward votes when the postal ballot packs arrive about the first week in October.