LIBERAL Democrat candidate for Great Lakes Council, Adam Frost, says a keen interest in public policy has prompted him to stand for election to Great Lakes Council at the age of 21.
“I've been interested in politics and public policy since my mid teens, and this interest only grew with the recent study I've completed. Looking at the upcoming local government elections I saw an opportunity to put my passion and knowledge to work while giving something back the community I grew up in,” Mr Frost said.
Mr Frost completed his HSC at Great Lakes College in 2008 and graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Economics in 2011 and this year returned to Forster to work as a financial planner for the Commonwealth Bank. Mr Frost says he is aware that some people might raise some questions about his age.
“I understand that some people might be concerned about voting for someone who they see as young or inexperienced, but I see issues like policy positions and principles as much more important than any perceived age or experience.”
Mr Frost said if elected he would be a “voice for ratepayers” and refuse to vote for rate increases.
“At a time when many household budgets are coming under increasing pressure Great Lakes Council has successfully applied for rate rises of 8 per cent for the previous, current and next financial year, with the original increases applied for being even larger. If elected, I will refuse to vote for further increases.”
Mr Frost also said that he would seek to put power back in hands of property owners.
“I also believe that property owners need to have greater rights to do with their property as they wish, without being stopped at every turn by red tape. I believe that it's time for Great Lakes Council to start controlling their spending as opposed to the money and property of its residents.”
As an ungrouped candidate, Mr Frost said he has faith in the electorate to consider voting below the line.
“I think that the voters of the Great Lakes are prepared to carefully consider their vote and support their preferred candidate wherever they appear on the paper.”