The first new person to announce their intention to run in the Council elections in September is David Connelly of Kiama Downs. He will be running on Neil Reilly’s ticket.
David is leading the Save Iluka Reserve campaign, and is a strong advocate of Council improving its culture of communication, consultation and disclosure.
“I think council has a moral basis to tell people what is happening in their area, not just pay lip service to what they have to do,” he says.
Forty three year old David worked in broad ranging compliance and investigation roles at Sutherland Council for fifteen years until he retired on a disability pension after developing Parkinsons.
He and his wife have lived here for 11 years, and have two young children. He has post graduate qualifications in business management.
“I know from my studies and my time working at Sutherland and other councils that Kiama Council could be more efficient and user friendly.”
He wants Kiama to be more innovative, and has already floated a number of ideas on his David Connelly – Kiama Council facebook page, including saving money through installation of more energy efficient lighting and extending free wifi to Gerringong, Jamberoo and Kiama Downs.
Neil Reilly says, “David has a terrific education and experience and is very committed to making Kiama a better place.
“I also admire the way he’s decided not to let his disability slow him down, as well as his devotion to his young family.
“He’ll make a great contribution to Council when he gets elected.”
Others are known to be waiting for the candidate workshops, to be held in early July, before announcing their candidacy.