Our Local Government Area is one of the fastest-growing in the NSW thanks to its beauty, climate and lifestyle opportunities, but it faces some significant challenges in delivering work and study opportunities for our residents, as well as social and environmental outcomes that will benefit us all. There is a unique opportunity at the upcoming Council election to set the platform on which to build a better, healthier and more resilient community by electing the right people to represent us – people who are not only dedicated to wanting the best for our area, but who have the skills, knowledge and experience in delivering for constituents.

I have nominated for Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor in the Local Government elections in September, as part of Group A, which includes locals Robert Turner, Justin Levido and Geoff Hawkins. Please visit our website for further details on each group candidate and feel free to listen to the short vidoes on what we stand for and how we intend to best represent the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.

Local Government is of great importance and value to regional communities in particular. It is seen as the contact point for most people’s interaction with government of all levels through the infrastructure and services we need for a vibrant community. It is therefore vitally important that we have good governance of our council in delivering for our local community and just as important that we have strong leadership to drive us towards a prosperous future. 

There are many challenges in local government in the Hastings, in particular, but we also have many opportunities and I want to see our area reach its economic, social and environmental potential. As locals, we can sit idly by and complain about the way things are or, on behalf of family, friends, and our community, get involved and make the most of our great potential. It is for this reason that I have put myself forward as a candidate to lead our council.

The transition from administration to an elected council will be difficult for some in our community, including some future councillors, where the responsibility of representation passes from being an observer/commentator, to being responsible for delivering a solution. There are many local government issues that cut across both state and federal jurisdictions, from funding opportunities to the impacts of legislation and regulation. I intend to use my experience as a member of the NSW parliament for the benefit of our Council and I believe this experience and my existing relationships within our community, equips me well as a Mayoral candidate.

I have joined others with strong community involvement who are also standing for council, who share a vision of a strong, vibrant, positive future for our region. 

Together, we can take on these challenges and build an even stronger community.

Please, take a look around our website, where you’ll find links to the latest news and information about our community, and to our latest e-newsletter.

Thanks for visiting!

Peter Besseling