Warrnambool City Council lacks diversity, according to candidate Michael McCluskey.
"The current council make up is not reflective of the diverse makeup of our community," Dr McCluskey said.
"Diversity of representation in council, whether it be of gender, age, employment background or ethnic origin, is crucial in order for the community to get the best possible outcomes.
"The individual qualities a candidate brings to the council table is obviously paramount, however when we combine talent with an infusion of diversity we create a wiser council that is more likely to engage with the whole of the community."
Dr McCluskey said he was concerned there was some resistance to diversity in the community.
"I was one of six 'crusty' aged white males on a committee of management of a local community organisation where I floated the idea that our rules ought to require that at least one of our committee members should be female," he said.
"Sadly the committee thought that skill set was additive. They were unable to recognise that infusion of diversity leads to a synergy or multiplying effect on the value of the talents bought to the table."
Dr McCluskey encouraged voters to consider diversity when selecting from the field of 24 candidates.
"We are very lucky to have a large and broad array of candidates for this election," he said.
"If we make considered choices with our voting at the upcoming election we can create a broad based council that can put the community's interests first."
Dr McCluskey said he hoped the council would not be dominated by business owners.
"Business experience can bring important skill sets however overrepresentation by business owners on council can run the risk of skewing council mindset away from the interests of the rest of the community who also need to be represented," he said.
Dr McCluskey, a former vet, said he was keen to work together with other councillors to achieve the best outcomes for the city if he is elected.
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