Mick wants to get Bathurst moving

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CANDIDATE FOR COUNCIL: Bathurst man Mick Ford will run as a candidate in September’s local government election. Photo: BRIAN WOODA LOCAL greenskeeper has listed improved health services and a second track at Mount Panorama as big-ticket items for Bathurst ahead of September’s council election.

Mick Ford will to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate in this year’s local government election and hopes to bring a host of fresh ideas to the table.

A self-described hard-working family man, Mr Ford believes there should be more emphasis on public involvement in council.

“I thought about all the different things I’d like to see get done,” he said. “I’m sick of sitting back, so I’m going to do something about it. Bathurst is growing massively and is only going to get bigger and better.

“That’s due to the councils we’ve had over the years and I’d like to be a part of that.”

Born and bred in Bathurst, the 54-year-old and his wife Janette have four children, and seven grandchildren.

He said the city’s biggest issue was health and, if elected, he would lobby for improved services.

“I’d like to see more specialists encouraged to come to Bathurst,” he said.

“Anybody who has to go to Orange has to find their own way and the travelling is very hard. Something more has to be done.”

Mr Ford’s second priority is to work towards a second track at Mount Panorama.

“The numbers of people a second track would bring to Bathurst is unbelievable,” he said.

“It’s mind-boggling what you could do – bikes, sidecars, cars, driver training, go-karts.

“You’d have drivers and their families staying and eating in Bathurst, so that’s good for local businesses.

“Let’s not get caught up in all the frills mentioned in the feasibility report. Let’s just get the basic structure up there and build on it later.”

Mr Ford believes the issue of popularly-elected mayor should be settled by Bathurst ratepayers, saying “it should be thrown to the public”.

He also emphasised he would not run on a ticket.

“I don’t believe in tickets,” he said. “I believe you should get in on your own merits.

“If I do get elected, it’s the public I’m answerable to. It’ll be hard work and a lot of time, but I think I can handle it.”

Formerly a panel beater, Mr Ford now works as a greenskeeper at Bathurst Golf Club. He has volunteered on the Christmas Miracle Appeal for 14 years and is known in sporting circles for his involvement in soccer and lawn bowls.

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