FRESH is a word you will often hear when talking to the youngest of the Port Stephens mayoral candidates, Ryan Palmer, about his inaugural foray into local government.
At just 30 years of age, the hard working president of the Tomaree Business Chamber and convenor of Nelson Bay Now is throwing all his exuberant energy, backed by a massive advertising campaign, into his candidacy.
“The council needs a fresh start and I am standing for a strong, fresh, ethical future for Port Stephens,” the Independent candidate said.
“If I am elected mayor I vow to begin working for this area from day one, regardless of the make-up of the council and regardless of which political party they stand for.
“My aim is to set a solid agenda, engage with the community at every opportunity and be more open and transparent in our dealings. That includes live streaming of all council meetings.”
A former touring tennis professional with a strong background in the financial sector, Mr Palmer has released a four-point plan for voters to consider.
They include: Invest in the Port’s CBD, businesses and economic future by revitalising Nelson Bay through infrastructure investment and increased parking.
Invest in the Port’s roads, paths, parks and community facilities with new connections to schools and bus stops, while improving the area’s sporting facilities in order to attract more major events.
Increase investment in social, health and youth community programs to help fight domestic violence and support the most vulnerable, the youth, the disadvantaged, and those affected by mental health issues.
Finally, to retain Port Stephens as a stand alone council.
Mr Palmer, who has spent all his life in Port Stephens and is married with two children, has opened an office in Donald Street, Nelson Bay.
By Charlie ELIAS