Five friends have launched a joint campaign for the Wagga City Council elections coming up in September.
"Getting It Done" is a new, independent group ticket spearheaded by Agrifutures manager Georgie Davies, who said she hoped to bring some new ideas and fresh perspectives to the table.
Being a mother to a seven-month-old, Mrs Davies said she hoped to create a place in Wagga for other young families to thrive.
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"We want to create a region that will retain future generations. There's quite a lot of people in Wagga that go away to the larger cities, so we lose a lot of highly educated and trained people to Sydney and Melbourne," Mrs Davies said.
"It's about supporting the opportunities to make sure we keep those skilled people in our region. Our vision is a city that will grow in an attractive, sustainable, and functional manner."
Second on the ticket is agricultural scientist and entrepreneur Duncan Farquhar, who hopes to get all five candidates over the line come September.
Mr Farquhar said he was confident in the leadership of Mrs Davies, who he describes as the Jacinda Ardern of Wagga.
As an avid sailor, Mr Farquhar said he hoped to finally see some action on Lake Albert, which has been subject to years of talks and discussions.
"Our number one headline project is to build a functional Lake Albert and getting that done. We've got a very broad base, but that's our number one issue," Mr Farquhar said.
"There's been a lot of discussion and consultation about the different pathways to achieving that. It's just about sorting through what the best options are, and we want some action on that."
Also on the ticket is Karen Butts, a founding member of Wagga Carevan who has volunteered all over the community including Murrumbidgee Mental Health, Towards Zero Suicides in Care, and Wagga Baseball.
Another keen volunteer is accountant Steve Taylor, who regularly puts his hand up for charities such as BlazeAid, Ronald McDonald House, and Australian Volunteers for International Development.
The fifth candidate on the team is Riverina Fresh commercial manager Charlie Cull, who moved to Wagga in 2019 together with his wife Zoe in order to set down roots with their new baby.
Over the coming weeks the group will be hitting the campaign trail in Wagga and the surrounding villages to ask voters what they'd like to see out of a fresh-faced council.
The local government elections were due to take place last year, but due to COVID-19 have been pushed out to September 4 of this year.
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