Richard Foley believes establishing a citizen taskforce to patrol the streets during the early hours of the morning is the key to lowering Wagga's crime rate.
The plasterer is gearing up for his second attempt at making it onto Wagga City Council and is running as the second name on Mick Henderson's ticket - one spot above former councillor Paul Funnell.
The 52-year-old father grew up in Wagga and is confident he could help strengthen the city's economy and make the streets a little bit safer if he were to be elected.
"On my very street a man in his 80s was assaulted and the police still haven't been able to solve the crime," Mr Foley said.
"So one of the main things I'm looking at is a pilot scheme in relation to citizens on patrol, where a group of residents can assist in observing and recording crime, vandalism and other issues of concern in the community."
Mr Foley said the program he is proposing would help police do their job more efficiently and potentially help make it easier for them to locate criminals.
"It wouldn't be for a vigilante purpose, we would obviously have to be approved by NSW Police, the government and the community at large," he said.
"We have certain pockets in this city where there are significant issues and the police can only do so much."
The resident is also pushing for more big events to be brought to the city to drive economic growth.
Mr Foley said council should revisit its approach to the Equex Centre sports complex, which he felt could be the perfect spot to host these major tourism drawcards.
"Big events in this city are urgently needed and in particular I would like to see us revisit bringing motorsport to the city," he said.
"Also if we had a large equine facility for rodeos and other facilities it would be huge for this city."
Mr Foley said these events would pump vital funds into the city and would help council address the topics he believes it should be focusing most of its attention on.
"I think it's important for council to get back to basics and my personal view is we need to empower the roads, rates and rubbish issue a little bit more," he said.
"Council's primary focus is to make sure the infrastructure is sufficient for the community and I think maybe we can trim some fat at the high levels of council and spend our money more efficiently."
The Narrandera-born candidate described himself as pragmatic and a "reluctant politician".
He said he would be looking to improve cooperation among councillors and make the table less personality-driven.
"I believe in trying to bring people across to your way of thinking through discussion and negotiation," Mr Foley said.
"On council we've seen clashes where because someone doesn't like someone else they have blocked things that could have been really good for this city."
In the lead up to this year's election, The Daily Advertiser has profiled the candidates looking to secure a spot on Wagga City Council.
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