JIM Morwitch has answered a call for fresh faces on Great Lakes Council, announcing his candidacy for September’s local government elections.
“I’ve noted statements in recent coverage that new faces would be welcome on council. I present myself to voters and believe I can make an effective contribution on their behalf,” Jim said.
Jim rose to prominence in the community as the president of the Southern Parkway Resident’s Steering Committee which has sought to have land on the western side of the Southern Parkway rezoned to environmental protection and it was this experience that prompted him to run for council.
“Through that process I’ve worked with councillors, council staff and the community and from that came suggestions I run for council.”
Jim spent 40 years in finance, corporate administration, corporate development, marketing and general management before retiring to Forster in 2007.
“I’ve always tried to maintain an interest in public affairs and while I’ve enjoyed early retirement I feel I need a new challenge.”
Should he be elected Jim says his first term would be a learning experience.
“If successful at election, as a new councillor, I will go in with no preset objectives. I will listen, research and learn about current plans and issues and then form my opinions and priorities.”
There are some issues that Jim believes will be at the forefront.
“My personal leanings are toward progressive balanced development. Generation of employment and tourism are no doubt vital ingredients and obviously a key issue for councils is infrastructure, particularly roads.”