here is my 2 minute speech that I was invited to give at the the Sapphire Club in Merimbula on Thursday 30 August as part of the "Meet the Candidates" night, hosted by the Merimbula News Weekly and the Merimbula Chamber ofCommerce.
Where: Sapphire Club Merimbula
Duration: 2 minutes max
When: 30 August 2012
Why: Merimbula local council 2012 elections
My name is Ivan McKay and
I’m up here because I want you to put a number 1 in my box at the council election
– plus vote for at least 4 other candidates…..
So that’s the easy part over with.
The hard part of course is why should you vote for me?
I have three reasons:
I think our council should be better. But to fix things means changing the council. This is why I’m here tonight.
I chose to live here.
In fact I sold everything to move here. It is my profound commitment to the shire which makes me a good candidate for council. The very things that attracted me in the first place are the things I now feel protective about: the natural beauty, our abundant resources , the infrastructure and of course the lifestyle. I know how rare it is to find all of these things in one place and I wont take them for granted.
What I didn’t do was choose to live in a franchised blob of a town just like every other one on the map – is this what we really want? I don’t.
And last but not least, the third reason
you should vote for me is I have the skills, experience and proven track record of just getting things done.
I will be transparent and consistent in my decisions and I will represent the community as a first priority, every time.
These are serious issues that all candidates should be able to demonstrate to you if we want your vote.
And the only way to be sure that these things are important to each candidate is to look at their history, not their clever words or advertising.
And my track record speaks for itself.
Prior to moving here I was a successful engineer managing hundred million dollar projects for SBS TV and Radio, rolling out infrastructure in councils just like ours across Australia.
And since moving I have been involved in many local community activities, like setting up the Merimbula Mens Shed, being a Board Member of the Mumbulla Foundation, running an Australian first IT “Start Up Camp” in Pambula, to name just a few - as well as being a former small business owner, a devoted family man, owner/builder and full time employee of a local training company.
In summary, if you think counsellors should be capable, consistent and transparent in their decisions, if you want genuine community representation, then things need to change. Vote 1 Ivan McKay this election and make it happen.