Naracoorte Lucindale Council – Meet Your Candidates

Naracoorte Lucindale Council has 17 candidates standing for 10 councillor positions in next month’s election, and two candidates for the position of mayor.

The profiles and photos within the gallery will be listed following the ballot order, which can be found here.

All profiles have been copied verbatim from the AEC Naracoorte Lucindale profiles page.

Area Councillor 

Ken Schultz

I am seeking re-election to use my cumulative Council experiences to benefit our district. I was Council Representative for the ""NAHAC"" (Hospital Committee) which achieved the purchasing of the CT Scan; I then suggested and oversaw the design and building of the covered walkway linking the medical precinct to the hospital. Taking ratepayers concerns I have been on the committees that targets roads needing upgrades across our district. Making our Library a very functional and accessible place that we can all use and afford. To keep improving our high class Saleyards. Support Tourism in the town and connected to the Caves. Being a Rotary member for 38 Years, I was heavily involved when we created the Creek walk for the town. I am President of the Naracoorte Men's Shed and am very proud of establishing it from an idea to a thriving favoured asset in our town.

Julie Earl

My vision is to help create a vibrant, inclusive and prosperous community. As a Councillor I understand the importance of listening to people's diverse views. I enjoy debating the pros and cons of issues, and base my decisions on background research, financial analysis, and judgement of community benefit. I support sustainable development, investment in infrastructure which stimulates business growth, and budgeting to keep rate revenue adjustments within CPI. I passionately support the cultural resources of our towns, including establishing a multi-function library and community resource centre: equal access to information for everybody enhances social integration, employment and life-long learning opportunities. I have raised a family and lived in the district for 35 years. My background is in teaching and farming, and I have successfully operated my own tourism small business for 17 years. Given the opportunity, I would be honoured to continue to serve as your representative.

Trevor Rayner

I am a retired Transport Operator of a family business that began in Lucindale in 1976. Over the years, I have gained an extensive knowledge of our council area. I was a member of Lions for over forty years, during that time I was involved with purchasing the land that the Lucindale Field Days are now on. I am also involved with the Kart Club which has held two state titles and one Australian title. I was also heavily involved with the planning and construction of the east-west and north-south airstrips and the firebombing facility in Lucindale. I am a trust member of Lucindale Community Health. I am proud to be a Council representative on Lucindale's LINC committee. This small committee has achieved many projects for Lucindale including: the toilets at the Four Mile, the Tribute to the Pioneers of Lucindale and the RV Dump Point.

Monique Crossling

As a former business owner and mother of 3 young children, I have decided to stand for Council as I want to ensure a strong future for my children and many generations to follow. I believe I will bring a fresh outlook and approach to our Council and will do my best to represent the community as a whole. I am a passionate sportsperson, being involved in the Kyby Netball Club as president, player and coach and also playing tennis at Lucindale for many years. I strongly believe our area has the potential to grow in all sectors and it is my goal to make the Naracoorte Lucindale area a great place for all the live, work and play.

Derek James

I am a long time local raising my two children with my wife Mia in Naracoorte. I work and live in the community and I am passionate about Naracoorte as a great place to live, learn, work and play. I am actively involved in the community particular hockey where I have been the president of the Association for the last 5 years, I volunteer many hours of service to community organisations and events. I have an Honours Degree in Construction Management and I run a business that is involved in planning, development, management and the built environment within Government and Corporate sectors which gives me a unique insight into a range of council functions. My Grandfather (Wilfred James) was a former Councillor and Mayor of Naracoorte and if elected I would seek to continue a tradition of hard work and service to the Naracoorte Community.

Cameron Grundy

I have recently been encouraged to stand for NLC. I am married to Kylie and have three teenage children. We live on our property near Cockatoo Lake which produces livestock, crop and irrigation. I am also a rural land agent selling farms throughout the SE which takes me to all districts enhancing my understanding of farming families, their properties, the roads and infrastructure servicing these people and their requirements. As rate capping is introduced the need for disciplined expenditure is critical. If elected, my focus will be on maintaining and improving basic infrastructure including roads particularly in the surrounding districts of Lucindale, Keppoch, Frances and Kybybolite. The sale yards are a unique asset bringing much to Naracoorte which should be properly run and managed always. Private industry initiatives should also be fostered in kind. I believe the majority of the community's expectations should be reflected in council at all times.

Alan Taylor

My name is Alan Raymond Taylor and I live in Naracoorte, wife my Penny I have lived and worked in the district for many years, running successful local businesses and being actively involved in sporting clubs and community. As a result, I have developed a good standing and respect in the community. As a councillor, I will seek out and take advantage of the great opportunities that exist in our district in business and tourism. I believe in the importance of council transparency and will bring measured decision making to the council chamber. As I am semi-retired, I can dedicate a significant amount of time to council matters. Importantly, I will be available to ratepayers and the community's concerns and ideas, so together, we can see our region grow and prosper.

Brett Rumball

With a love for our community, if elected I will make realistic, fair and evidence based decisions to benefit everyone in the council area. I am not afraid to ask what needs to be asked and I will consult and listen to the community when making decisions. Community growth, volunteering, trade and tourism will be my focus, along with making NLC the best place in regional South Australia to live, work, do business, raise a family and retire. I volunteer with the Country Fire Service, SA Ambulance Service, Naracoorte Apex Club, Naracoorte and District Hockey Association, Redlegs Hockey Club, Rams Hockey Club, having held various management positions within those clubs. With a background in retail, I currently operate Rumballs Mobile Pty Ltd, a paper delivery and Mobile DJ company. I am also a security guard. All of these positions have given me business skills required to be an effective councillor.

Tom Dennis

If re-elected I will strive to support the council to make decisions in the best interests of the community. I live in Naracoorte with my wife Kate and sons Henry and Finn, who attend school at the Lucindale Area School. I have worked in the livestock industry for 18 years and manage a local business. I have completed a bachelor of arts with majors in political science and human resource management, and am currently studying a Masters of Business Administration. I have learnt much in my first term as a councillor. Naracoorte is an important hub for our region and building on the great work that has already been achieved, I see council's role as a facilitator of development in a sustainable way. Also maintaining the resources and facilitates we enjoy as a community, in a financially responsible way.

Craig McGuire

I have served on the Naracoorte Lucindale Council for the last three terms and I am seeking your support in the upcoming election to continue my role as an elected member. If re-elected I will continue to be a voice for the ratepayers and residents of our district, including one for our pensioners rates, which has been highlighted to me. I enjoy the challenges and responsibilities that being a councillor brings and have always tried to listen to the needs of the community. I believe that a good council should be open and transparent; especially using the local media, if the community can read and see the process in which we have made a decision it builds trust. Sensible spending and efficiency are my priorities, my passion includes our parklands and the ""masterplans"", for the sports centre, and the townships of Lucindale and Frances.

Ken Banning

I have lived and worked in the Naracoorte Lucindale Council area for thirty-five years. Over this period, I have worked in the primary production sector, owning and managing property. I am married to Wanda and we have two adult children. I have played football for Border Districts, been both a player and a committee member of the Lucindale Golf Club. I have served as a treasurer & committee member of both the Lucindale Lions Club and the South East Field Days and a long time CFS volunteer. I aim to work to improve our road network as I believe roads are an important infrastructure for all. The well being of the Naracoorte Lucindale community is important, therefore the competent administration of its affairs is a high priority to me.

Kenneth (Toby) Robinson

Toby with his wife Jane have resided at their Lucindale property since 1975 and now is in a semi retired capacity from the Family farming interests. For the last eight years he has been a member of the Naracoorte/Lucindale Council and served on committees including the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange, and is the current chairman. He has also sat on the Strategic assets, Strategic planning, Botanical working group, and Development approval committees. In other community organisations Toby is a member of the Lucindale Lions Club and has served in most of the official positions within the club. He is also an active member of the Lucindale Bowling Club and served as President With diminishing business responsibilities Toby still leads an active life and has the capacity to put the time and energy into community affairs by nominating for another term on the Naracoorte/Lucindale Council. Email gamrie2@gmail.com

Didar Ali

Didar Ali arrived in Naracoorte in 2010 to make a new life for himself and then his family, arriving in 2016. A dedicated family man, Didar and his wife Bas Bano have 2 beautiful daughters: Rahanah 6 years and Zullfanah, 11 months. After working at Teys Meatworks and in the vineyards, Didar set up shop in the Daily Market ASF in 2014. Didar's shop has provided an essential point of connection for many migrants in Naracoorte. In 2017, Didar was elected as spokesperson for the Naracoorte Hazara (Afghan) community. Since that time, he has been involved in Harmony Day celebrations; Australia Day celebrations, and was the instigator of the Hazara community's wreath laying at the Dawn Service on Anzac Day. Didar is passionate about Naracoorte's continued economic and harmonious social development; and has a deep respect for the values, which have underpin Naracoorte's strong rural identity.

Rebecca Smith

As a current elected member of your council, I stand for holding those responsible to account. Ignorance can never be an excuse and nor should any of us accept that. A council should never make decisions when they do not have the facts. Over the last 4 years, I have encouraged transparency and pushed for more information the first time around. Grand structures won't be reasons for our residents to stay, council needs to give you more than that. As long as we don't stop expected progress, we need to provide you with what's actually practical. If elected, my commitment is to support new ideas and give new generations a place to want to stay.

Bradley Dickenson

I'm nominating to be your Councillor. I am a born and raised local farmer and mechanic, I am passionate about the region and dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the town for our future generations. I live on the family farm, northwest of Naracoorte, with my wife, Sabrina, and two beautiful children, Savannah and Patrick. I care strongly about Naracoorte's ability to provide the necessary resources to sustain our town for the long term, including developing the infrastructure and resources to adapt with modern technology. Whilst in Council, I will be focusing on providing the town with a high functioning library offering the upgraded technology and amenities, upgrading the transport infrastructure and increasing events held in the region to grow our tourism visitors and in turn money spent in town. I can offer a fresh voice to Council deliberations to ensure all views of our community are considered.

Damien Ross

I grew up, was educated and commenced a career in banking in Naracoorte. I married a local girl Ange and have 2 children, James and Victoria. My banking career has given me the opportunity to experience living and working in various rural communities and since returning to Naracoorte, Ange and I purchased our home, a retail business and in recent years established a finance brokering business. I believe my experience in the finance and business industry helps me appreciate and understand the economic issues that affect our local community. The Naracoorte Lucindale area has a lot to offer, a thriving diverse community with a strong commercial and rural economy. I am passionate about our community and privileged to be an elected councilor since 2010. I seek re-election to continue to strive to ensure council makes sound, responsible and educated decisions that reflect the best interests of our great community.

Scott McLachlan

I am standing for re-election because I am passionate about the community I was born and raised in. As a councillor I want to continue to contribute in the development of infrastructure to facilitate business growth and to support a new improved library to increase foot traffic within the CBD and improve education options within our wide area. At all times I consider issues that concern the Naracoorte Lucindale area and as a farmer who lives in town, understand the wide range of large and small matters that affect both urban and rural residents. I believe I am a caring person with high moral and professional standards and take this position seriously knowing I am a representative of the community. This also involves decisions affecting the budget and distribution of rate money. Other interests within the council area are the saleyards, business and tourism, the caves and the art gallery.

Mayor

Erika Vickery

During my leadership of the last two terms as Mayor, I have worked hard to ensure many positive changes in the economic and community growth and development of our district. I strongly believe that we need to work together to continue to maintain this focus. If re-elected I will ensure we effectively sustain and manage our infrastructure, assets, and finances and continually improve our services for the wellbeing of our people. I am passionate about being an influential voice for you, the community I serve. Through my extensive community connections and wealth of experience at various levels of government, I will continue to show strong leadership and transparency to the people in our council area, making it the best place in regional South Australia to live. If re-elected I look forward to continuing to lead the community with progressive ideas and a passion for our future.

Lee Castine

Educated St.Peters College. Heavily involved in Community of Penola and Dorodong for fourth years. Secretary State Electricity Commission rollout,including extensive negotiations with all parties. Penola Show Society President, Life Membership. Dorodong Country Fire Authority, Life membership. Communications Officer 30years, Brigade Captain, CO incharge of CFA. Ash Wednesday Fire operation . Anglican Church Penola Warden, Synods Representative . President Coonawarra Boundary Appellants, successfully representing 46 vignerons in Landmark ACCC Tribunal and High Court case. Successfully operated our multi facet livestock grazing, forestry, irrigation,viticulture and wine making business until retirement to Naracoorte . Keen interest in Local Government here and previously in Penola where my Father Hayward Castine OAM.was Mayor for many years . During that time I had extensive arms length experience with his Mayorolship. I have a passion to serve this community as he did his so successfully. Contributed to new Library and tree streetscape debate in NLC.

On Wednesday 24 October commencing at 7.00pm at the Naracoorte Town Hall there will be a public forum where the community is invited to hear from their candidates and ask them questions.