GERALD Power reckons Orange is the colour city, so it's time to add some colour to its council.
Known as the "Bush Tucka man", Mr Power, who runs his own tourism company, launched Orange's first fully-indigenous ticket on Saturday, hoping to secure a spot for what he believes will be the first indigenous person on Orange City Council.
Group I on the ballot, Mr Power is backed by Erin Naden, Brett Naden, Emily Huysmans, Isaac Power and Casey Naden.
Mr Power's ticket also has a strong family connection with Erin and Casey the daughters of Brett and Isaac Mr Power's son.
"One of our first priorities, because we are gathering on Wiradjuri land, is the protection of cultural heritage, one is the mountain [Canobolas], and other aspects around Orange," Mr Power said, adding Wiradjuri elders had a approached him with concerns about the proposed mountain bike trails on Canobolas.
"We need more awareness and more consultation with the aboriginal community."
Mr Power said more education would also go a long way towards the protection of culturally significant sites.
His group is also standing on a social and affordable housing platform.
"In relation to where we are with the property values and so on, it's cheaper to actually buy than to rent," he said.
Providing a venue where mothers and young children can meeting safety to socialise is another issue close to the group's heart, as is after-school activities for the Bowen and Glenroi precincts.
"I know Orange City Council has stepped up to the plate but I think we can do more," he said, adding he felt the benefits would be two-fold.
"To reduce the antisocial behaviour in the area and it would provide good mentoring from other kids," he said.
In her early 20s, Erin Naden, who is employed by Mr Power, is one of the youngest candidates running for the December 4 poll.
Mr Naden is a driving instructor with Birrang Enterprises while Ms Huysmans and Casey Naden work with well-being organisations Marist180 and Neami National respectively.
Isaac Power is an apprentice carpenter and is also among the youngest candidates.
This will be Mr Power's fourth attempt at gaining a place on council, in 2017 he missed out by just 33 votes to Glenn Taylor. That year, Mr Power was the first indigenous person to lead a ticket.
"So this year I've had a chance to invite people to come with me, which is really good. To have a fully indigenous tickets is quite amazing."
The local government election is on December 4.
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