The Central Western Daily will this week run profiles on the seven candidates standing for Orange's mayor at the December 4 local government elections. Outgoing councillor Tony Mileto kicks of our coverage.
Affiliation: Independent, not endorsed by a political party for the election.
What is your family situation: Married with three adult children.
How long have you lived in Orange: I have lived in Orange for almost 44-years.
Most important issues: Housing, water security, sustainable economic growth, parks and gardens, improved infrastructure (roads and footpaths) and greater initiatives to promote environmentally sustainable practices.
Why you should vote for me: It is not so much a vote for me, but what I stand for. I am passionate about Orange. My first term as a councillor has enabled me to broaden my understanding of how local government operates and how I can best set about achieving real and worthwhile outcomes for the citizens of Orange.
Housing affordability: The short supply of available building blocks in Orange as seen a rapid escalation in the land prices. Younger people are finding it difficult to afford a block to build a home. This shortage of available land has resulted in a meteoric price rise of homes within Orange.
The incoming council should be focused on the land availability and make it a priority to quickly and efficiently deal with any proposals to make land more available. This needs to be treated as a matter of urgency.
The critical shortage of public housing is in turn aggravated by the short supply of land for new housing, including public housing. The new council needs to lobby the state government to provide more public housing in Orange, that currently has about the longest waiting list in NSW.
Sporting precinct: As president of the Orange District Football Association, I would have to say that I am in favour of any improvements available to sporting facilities for the people in Orange. Concern over the removal of largely pine trees, to make way for these new facilities can be allayed by adequate provision of more appropriate trees being planted.
Currently many sporting groups within Orange are required to travel to other regional centres such as Bathurst and Dubbo who have more adequate facilities. The sporting precinct would also create opportunities to hold major sporting events, which would in turn attract visitors to Orange for the economic benefits.
The redevelopment of Mount Canobolas: The consideration for any developments at Mount Canobolas and alternative sites is in the early stages and a lot more information needs to be considered before any approvals are made concerning the expenditure required to be provided by Council before the commencement of any development.
Water security: There will never be enough rainfall in our catchment areas to guarantee water security in the region. Ultimately water will need to be provided from areas that has guaranteed surplus rainfall. However in the intermediate time connectivity between Lake Rowlands is vitally important to increase long-term supply and drought resilience. Lake Rowlands is also the key water supply source for the whole central tablelands water network which would allow for responsible sustainable economic growth of Orange.
A report was commissioned into potential opportunities to develop a more integrated approach to water supply across the footprint of Cabonne and Orange City Council. Stage I of the Strategic Water Review was completed in January 2021, with the report identifying potential opportunities for better integration of the three water supplies. It will provide options for Orange City Council to consider in order to improve its overall future water supply security.
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