FAMILIES are at the heart of councillor Jason Hamling's team ticket for the December 4 local government election.
Cr Hamling, who has served on Orange City Council for 17 years and had two stints as deputy mayor, unveiled his line-up this week with Tammy Greenhalgh, Sarah McGregor, Hannah Dunlop, Craig Harvey and George Connaughton completing the line-up. All are parents with the exception of Ms Dunlop.
Mr Hamling, who also chairs council's Sport and Recreation policy committee, said his team promoted "family, community, collaboration and enjoyment of the place we live in and its surrounds".
"We are also driven to attract new business and investment that's aligned with our mission of lifestyle, work and play, right here in Orange," he said.
Like Cr Hamling, number two on his ticket Tammy Greenhalgh, has a strong presence on the Orange sporting scene, having served on junior rugby league and cricket committees. She is also a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and was this year honoured as NSW Rugby League Regional Volunteer of the Year.
A regional business executive in the hospitality industry, Mrs Greenhalgh will also advocate for better support for youth mental health and would like to establish a chapter of the Compassionate Friends group for bereaved families in Orange after losing her son Harry in 2020 in a waterskiing accident.
"Tammy knows what it's all about being on a committee and she knows the important role sport plays in our kids growing up, getting them off those ipads, learning how to win and lose and learn about being part of a team," Cr Hamling said.
Like Cr Hamling and Mrs Greenhalgh, Ms Dunlop and Mr Harvey, both local business owners, are also born and bred in Orange while Ms McGregor, a communications advisor, has lived here for more than 20 years.
Mr Hamling said his team would push for more family-oriented activities but would not ignore council's "core business" like roads and footpaths.
"I'd like to attract a rock climbing or rope climbing business here, something for families to do," he said adding continue to improve Orange's growing sporting infrastructure was also on his ticket's policy.
"I love Orange, I love the city and I love hearing from people how much they love the place. I makes me feel really proud of being born and bred here," Cr Hamling said
"There's going to be some challenges there for council in the future especially with a lot of people moving out there, or already having made the move ... but I've seen what council's got planned, I'm pretty certain we're on top of it although you're not going to please everyone."
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