Long-standing community member, local retailer and volunteer Bob Sanders believe Ararat is ready to make the next step towards becoming a powerhouse in regional Victoria.
Known around town for his hard work and determination, Mr Sanders is vying for one of seven positions as councillor at this month's local government elections.
"I'm running mostly on the fact I am a long standing community member and volunteer," Mr Sanders said.
"I have been involved in a number of community groups since I was 16 years old, including the CFA (more than 40 years) and Ararat Lions (more than 40 years).
"I'm a family man - all of my family members are in Ararat. On the weekend you can find me in my home town in the community."
The multi-skilled Mr Sanders has plied his trade as a shearer, electronics retailer, removalist and more recently, an excavator operator.
He has previously held the helm of president of the Ararat VFF branch, Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club and Moyston landcare.
As a first term council member, Mr Sanders believes that he will use his wealth of experience to guide his decision making.
"As a councillor I believe I will make sensible decisions," he said.
"I believe our cents in the dollar to valuation is too high.
"No change is done quickly. The current CEO is doing a great job, but councillors need to continue that good work.
Mr Sander said he does not have a political affiliation: "I don't think political parties should come into local government."
The incumbent Lions president said he is ready to give back to the community in the new role.
"I strongly care for my community. I'm aware people do need help, but it is difficult to ask for a hand," he concluded.
ELECTION 2020: KEY INFORMATION
Voting in local council elections in Victoria this October will be by post.
We will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from 6 to 8 October.
The ballot pack will contain:
- a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your council or ward
- a ballot paper envelope with a flap
- voting instructions
- a reply-paid envelope.
If you will be away from your address
You will be able to request to have your ballot pack sent to a different address if:
- you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after Tuesday 6 October 2020 )or
- your mailing address will change after the close of rolls (Friday 28 August 2020).
Details on how to request a replacement ballot pack will be available on this website from 6 October.
Can't receive mail?
If you are overseas and will not be able to receive mail while you are away, you can notify the VEC by completing an 'Away from Victoria' notification form at and keep evidence of your trip online.
- Source: VEC
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