Labor has hit the campaign trail running for the Wagga City Council elections.
The two current Labor councillors Dan Hayes and Vanessa Keenan will be running again as number one and three on their joint ticket respectively, promoting an entirely new candidate to the number two spot.
Amelia Parkins is an architect and heritage specialist who has lent her expertise to councils and state government departments for projects, policies, and development control plans.
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Mrs Parkins said she hopes to use her skills to help grow and develop the city of Wagga while holding onto the charm and heritage that makes it unique.
"I just really like the way that things were traditionally designed and constructed in such a well thought through way. There's a lot of craft and art involved, which I think is not happening quite so much anymore," Mrs Parkins said.
"With heritage, it's all about identifying what's important, recognising and respecting that, and then enhancing that if you can."
Councillor Hayes said he was proud of the five years he had spent in the chamber with Cr Keenan, and was very keen to continue their term.
Looking back, Cr Hayes said he was particularly proud of their million-dollar footpath upgrades, their affordable housing plan, and their free pool entrance during heatwaves policy.
"I think our record shows for the five years we have put up many, many positive policies to grow Wagga and move it forwards while other councillors have wanted to put the handbrake on," Cr Hayes said.
"We turn up, put up positive policies, and we have no property developers - that's a record to be very proud of."
Responding to criticisms that he brings "politics" into council, Cr Hayes said he had always been upfront about his political affiliations.
"We are transparent and open to the political party we belong to, and we let the community make the choice. If other people aren't happy with that, they need to take that up with the community," Cr Hayes said.
Looking back, Cr Keenan said she was particularly proud of pioneering the Bush Nippers campaign, a children's river safety program being rolled out across NSW.
Additionally, she said she was proud of the upgrades to roundabout and verges as well as bringing a family room to the civic centre.
"Looking back on my five years there's been a large number of things that have happened because I've been there," Cr Keenan said.
"It's very easy to sit there passively and be a reviewer and a decider, whereas what Dan and I have shown over the years is you can lead, be actively involved, and bring ideas and solutions to the table."
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