Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Candidate statement - Chris Lester

Chris Lester
COUNCIL election candidate Chris Lester has sent me the following statement for publication. Other candidates seeking election in our municipality are welcome to do the same.

"I have a strong connection with the Derwent Valley, having grown up here and many of my family still live and work here. My wife and I returned to the Derwent valley with our two daughters 12 years ago and for the past eight years I have managed the Derwent Valley Sports Centre.

"I believe we need better facilities to promote active and healthy lifestyles for our young people and we need jobs for their future. During the past weeks I have been out talking with members of the community and overwhelmingly they tell me the issues that concern them the most are:
  • A 24-hour police presence;
  • Better roads;
  • A positive future for Willow Court.
 "Much has been said about the potential of Willow Court as a tourism drawcard but we have much more to offer than that, we are blessed with spectacular scenery and a rich history; much more needs to be done to promote tourism to attract investment and create jobs. To achieve this we need a decisive and forward-looking Council that puts its residents first.

"Council must work together as a team, if elected I will work with council towards resolving these and other issues."

All Derwent Valley Council election candidates are invited to send me their details for publication on this website. Profiles, policy statements and photographs are welcome. Email:

Please note: Following the issuing of the notice of election, comments relating to the election must include the given name, surname and locality of the writer. Anonymous comments cannot be published. 

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