Muswellbrook Shire Council Councillor Steve Reynolds has thrown his hat in the Upper Hunter by-election ring.
He will step aside from his Council duties and run as an Independent in the by-election to be held on May 22.
Steve said the region needs to take the opportunity to be heard.
It’s the perfect timing right now for our whole Region to grasp this opportunity,"
"For so long coal mining has been demonised, and we’ve been the long lost cousin putting all the money through our mining royalties into the big pockets."
"The Upper Hunter has so much potential for growth in liveability and industry, and whilst mining is a significant economic driver, we need to invest in infrastructure here for the future potential whilst also looking after the issues here and now. We have the perfect transport corridor."
"We need the bypasses done. We need to get this division between the thoroughbred and mining industry to the table and put it to bed once and for all. We need to ensure that services like water are rectified. This is our opportunity as a Region, and as an independent the ability to have that leverage with the major parties is an advantageous to us all. The key is being accountable and transparent," said Steve.
Steve is one of a couple of Independents running including Kate Fraser from Scone.
Image credit: Steve Reynolds