Creating a drought-proof Lake Albert and completing unfinished infrastructure projects are two of the key issues Mick Henderson will be looking to address if he is elected to Wagga City Council later this year.
The Wagga Boat Club commodore and local business owner is gearing up for another council election campaign after three failed attempts and is confident he is better placed to secure the spot this time around.
"I've run in the past on tickets but I've never run as the number one candidate because I've always been down the ranks," Mr Henderson said. "I decided this time it was time to step up and lead my own ticket."
"I've always been an advocate on the outside of council and probably haven't achieved as much as what I wanted, so I believed it was time to get inside and do my best on the inside."
The 59-year-old is leading the Clean Out Council ticket, which includes former councillor Paul Funnell and has a focus on improving transparency and shaking up the current council.
Mr Henderson has been a long-term advocate for improving the water levels of Lake Albert but said that is not the only issue he would be focusing on if elected.
"The number one issue is the infrastructure around Wagga," he said. "We've got to complete all the projects that are only half-done like Dunns Road, the roadworks around the place, Kooringal Road."
"We've got to go back and look at why they're not done, who's doing them and how they can be done better so they get completed."
The candidate believes the council should stop picking up multiple new projects and instead focus on properly finishing the ones it has already undertaken.
"Complete it, complete it properly and only then move on to the next one," he said.
"Currently they're snowballed down because there's too many individual projects going on and none of them are actually getting completed successfully."
Mr Henderson tied the number of unfinished projects to the issue of transparency with calls for the council to be held more accountable for where ratepayers' money goes.
He is a strong advocate for having infrastructure works completed by local contractors and said he'd like to see more common sense in the spending of council money.
Mr Henderson has been the commodore of the Wagga Boat Club for the past eight years and in January he confessed to installing shutters on Tatton Drain as a protest.
He said he would continue pushing hard to secure permanent water in Lake Albert if he were elected.
"We've got to finish off the pipeline and also look at getting Tatton Drain re-diverted," he said.
"If I get on I'm going to succeed in making this lake the number one asset for Wagga. For the economy, for tourism, for the benefit of surrounding communities and just the lifestyle of people here."
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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