CITY council election candidate Brian Kelson has added his voice to concerns that dredging being done in Warrnambool’s Lady Bay will turn out to be a waste if sand is quickly washed back into the harbour again.
“It’s great to see dredging being carried out so fishermen can launch their boats, but money will be wasted if we get rough seas and a high tide washing sand back into the bay,” he said.
The city council received $140,000 from the Department of Transport for emergency dredging around the boat-launching ramp where encroaching sand had reduced the depth to only 40 centimetres.
He has also called for prompt action to secure government funding for proposed major upgrades to launching and mooring facilities in the harbour. Mr Kelson, a Liebig Street businessman, said he decided to stand for election because ratepayers and business operators deserved improved representation at the council table.
“I’ll always stand up for strong economic and social policy to ensure the city of Warrnambool is made an even better place to live,” he said.
“I will fight to provide the best possible community services along with improved access to medical services including the establishment of a cancer-care centre.
“We need to look after vulnerable members of our community — the elderly and the young, with more disabled parking and improved pedestrian safety along with lower speed limits around schools, preschools and day-care centres.”
He highlighted the Wellington Street bridge which has no pedestrian footpath and busy Viaduct Road which has no pedestrian crossing.
“We need to have vigorous lobbying of the government to make sure we obtain as much funding as possible and act quickly so none of these opportunities are missed,” Mr Kelson said.
“On the saleyards issue, I think they should stay in council ownership and we need extensive community consultation before any decision is made regarding relocation.
“Council meeting schedules should be changed so members of the public with questions can speak before councillors vote on the issue. My election slogan is, the candidate who cares.”