Council nominees outline plans

Nominations have been received for the supplementary Ceduna District Council election, with Anthony 'Mario' Nicholls and Ken Maynard in the running.

Mr Nicholls said he nominated to give something back to the community.

"I've lived here all my life and always had an interest in local happenings, and I have been involved in a lot of different clubs and committees over the years," he said.

"I'm 53 and feel it's time to give something back.

"Ceduna is a great place to live and a great community, and I feel that by getting on council I can help make it even better."

A fourth-generation farmer, Mr Nicholls said his desire was to listen to the needs of the community.

"I can bring a whole heap of life skills and knowledge to the position," he said.

"I'm not planning on going in there with any particular agenda in mind, I want to get there to help make the place even better to live.

"I do think we need to be mindful of finances and of council's costs, and see how the council's dollar can go further for the benefit of the community."

Mr Nicholls encouraged community members to get involved and cast their vote one way or the other.

"Voting is not compulsory, but instead of getting the envelope and putting it in the bin, if you have concerns about the community and are community minded, have a serious think about who to vote for and have a say."

A councillor for eight years, Mr Maynard was a candidate for the position of mayor at the 2018 council elections where he lost out to Perry Will by only five votes.

He said his knowledge of the role would put him in good stead for another stint.

"I believe I can contribute to the council given my eight years of previous experience," he said.

"I believe I am well equipped to be a proactive member of council, drawing on my experiences and training undertaken in the role."

Mr Maynard said transparency in council affairs was important, while he also wants to help make improvements to infrastructure and maintain the integrity of existing assets.

"Council can do more with transparency with people to alleviate 'fake news' that tends to manifest itself when people are not fully informed on a matter," he said.

"Things need to be fleshed out into the public so people can see the facts for themselves.

"Council should also be proactive on issues affecting the local community, like recently the snapper closure, and proactive in regards to any threats by federal or state governments to services on offer in Ceduna, like the community paramedic program."

The supplementary council election will be conducted by post.

Completed voting material must be returned by 12pm on Monday, December 9.

A ballot box will also be provided at the council office for those wishing to hand-deliver their completed voting material during office hours.

The counting of votes will take place on Tuesday, December 10.