HAVE A GO: David Lacey is in the running for councillor on the Central Highlands Regional Council.
HAVE A GO: David Lacey is in the running for councillor on the Central Highlands Regional Council. Contributed

Improving region is number 1

AFTER years of watching decisions being made for his region, David Lacey has decided the time is right to run for council.

The three points David believed most important were communication, accountability and transparency.

David grew up on a cattle and grain property 50km north of Capella.

"In those days the roads were still black soil, we were lucky to see one car a week pass the house and mum would drive 250km a week just to drop us to the school bus," he said.

David completed his Diesel Fitting apprenticeship at Gregory Mine and worked part time at the local tyre shop.

After travelling overseas and working in rural Canada the father and step-father of five, returned to Australia and spent a short time in Brisbane before returning to Capella again.

"I went back to mining at Grasstree Mine for the next few years and then bought that same local tyre shop," he said.

"I have always enjoyed being involved in the community and have held various volunteer positions over the years in the Kindy, the local Rugby Union Club, the Scout's, our Community Reference Group and have a passion for the land and for business, health, fitness and local sports in our communities."

David said he wants to contribute to the development and continual improvement of the region to make sure residents have access to "important local services".

"The process for small businesses dealing with council needs to be simplified - there's money being wasted in a time consuming process," he said. ."

David does not support the levee bank, instead he said options that provide a return as well as flood mitigation should be explored.

"Rates also need to be kept to a minimum, and there needs to be transparency as to where ratepayers money is spent," he said.

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