THE latest new candidate to put up his hand to run for Bathurst Regional Council will use a series of online surveys over the next 12 months to gauge the public's views on key local issues.
Bob Singleton says he will head an independent ticket at next September's council election and he wants to know where people stand on everything from the state of Bathurst roads to what should be done with the old TAFE building on William Street.
But he says the people have already spoken on the issue that first got him interested in running for council: the plan to build a $4.5 million go kart track in McPhillamy Park on Mount Panorama.
Mr Singleton wants to see the project dumped, saying there is no business case to support spending so much public money on a single facility - and he believes that view is supported by most voters.
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"I think there will be some collateral damage at the next election for the people who have supported the go kart track," he said.
"... There are two issues here: the issue of location, which I have not addressed so I will leave other people to do that, but my concern is the allocation of grants.
"It is all about the financial viability of the go kart track and, basically, I think the go kart track is catering to just a small group of people.
"... Where are the grants going to come from and what part of the community will miss out? There's only so much money."
Mr Singleton said he supported Councillor John Fry's push to have the track relocated but "that doesn't solve the problem of the finance".
"If the focus is going to be on getting money for the go kart track up and running then what other efforts are going to miss out?" he said.
Mr Singleton said there four of the current crop of councillors were "vulnerable" at the election (though he refused to name them) and he believes his ticket will win at least two seats in September.
"We have identified four vulnerable councillors [and] if you have a look at the results of the last election that will tell you who are the vulnerable people," he said.
"The people who have supported unpopular decisions are the most vulnerable so there's a lot of people who have to do a lot of work."
Mr Singleton, who calls himself a "centre left" candidate, is a retired businessman who moved to Bathurst 10 years ago. He studied business management at CSU, graduating in 2015, and is involved in the community through U3A, Meals On Wheels and Probus.
He said his team was working on a large list of policy areas including heritage tourism and making Bathurst a smart city.
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