Compact Bendigo needed, says new Eppalock Ward candidate

The number of candidates running for the Eppalock Ward in the October elections now sits at six, with Bendigo and District Environment council's Stuart Fraser confirming today he will run.

Mr Fraser, who has spent his life working in agriculture across the Bendigo region, says liveability, infrastructure and the city's finances are the issues he's most concerned with.

"The City of Greater Bendigo covers a very large area in both social and geographical terms and I would welcome the opportunity to be involved in achieving the balance that is required, between the different and sometimes competing interests that are brought about by the environmental, geographic, social and economic interests across the area," he said. 

"It is important that the needs, interests and views of all areas are taken into account.

"An independent and open review of the city’s finances that is able to inform the people of Bendigo is essential.

"It is important that the people have confidence in the way that the city is being run."

Mr Fraser said with council to review its residential strategy in the coming years he would advocate for a compact city.

"It would for example be near impossible to produce an integrated transport system that worked with a city that continued to sprawl," he said.

"The servicing of a compact city is much more efficient and cost effective. A compact city would also stop the ever increasing pressure on the natural environment, as can be seen by the continual destruction of indigenous vegetation, by the expansion of the built environment.

"Just placing sustainable in front of the word city does not make it so."

Other candidates running for the Eppalock Ward in the October 27 elections include Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner, Eaglehawk businessman George Flack, Heathcote newsagent Wayne McKay, Bendigo teacher Tim Bardsley and Bendigo businessman Mark Weragoda.

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