Cr Paul Rogers throws hat in ring for Wollondilly mayor

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Paul Rogers has announced he will be a candidate for Wollondilly mayor and East Ward councillor at the September 14 local government election.

Running under the banner of Team Purple, Cr Rogers says that after almost three years on council, his job’s not finished just yet.

“I have been working hard to change the bureaucratic mindset at council and achieve better outcomes for the community I serve,’’ he says.

“It is a work in progress and takes time – that’s why I am running again and need your vote.

“I will continue the push for a responsible council that is accessible, fair, accountable and transparent in its actions,’’ Cr Rogers said.

“I am my own man. I have the mindset, courage and experience to take up directly the aspirations and concerns of ratepayers and residents based on what is right and on merit without regard for politics and ego.”

Cr Rogers, who won a seat on council at the 2021 election, is a Bargo local of nearly 40 years standing.

He has worked in and around the Wollondilly shire for many years, starting with a motor mechanic apprenticeship with the Picton NRMA.

Another job was as a mechanic on coal trucks servicing the mines in Wilton, Oakdale and Appin.

He has been a member of Bargo Rural Fire Brigade for 25 years, 20 of them as deputy captain. He is also a life member of the brigade, and has receiving numerous awards.

Heading into the council election, issues of concern – and priority – include funding for road and community assets, addressing the cost of living, sensible and viable development for both current and future residents, making council’s decision-making processes more accessible, transparent and open to the public by pushing for reforms in local government by the state government.

“I am thankful to have an informed, passionate and dedicated team behind me to assist with the enormity and complexity of the role of councillor,” he says.

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