We asked Councillor Kevin Bourke the following:
1. What is your connection to Moira?
My family originally selected land west of Nathalia at Barwo in 1876 and I'm proudly a fourth generation 'Bourke' in the Nathalia District. Along with my partner Leanne, we run three small businesses in the area.
2. What do you think is the greatest strength of the Moira Community?
The great diversity and resilience of our communities, our many businesses value adding to our agricultural industry that is made possible by our fantastic climate and our irrigation. We are also fortunate to have so many employment opportunities for our community, but we need to make sure this continues to develop and prosper.
3. What made you decide to run for Council?
To encourage a high degree of transparency and accountability, and to assist in providing a stable Council that listens and consults with our community. I also recognise the challenge in continuing to provide services to our communities, our greatest challenge is to continue maintaining our huge road network and to meet our community’s expectations. I am also very keen to see the completed rollout of the Numurkah Flood Mitigation program. I also want to continue working with our industry to ensure secure employment opportunities are provided to our community.
4. What do you hope to achieve in your term as a Moira Shire Councillor?
In my time as Councillor, I would like to see improvements in community consultation, accountability and transparency of council’s activities. I will continue the encouragement of commercial and industrial development within the shire, which will mean employment opportunities for our region.
I would also like to ensure improvements in road and community safety, to enable our residents to ‘feel safe’ in their everyday lives by working with stakeholders to reduce family violence and working with those affected by drug and alcohol issues in our community.
5. What is your favourite thing to do in Moira?
In any spare time, I like to research local history and I take the time to check out our abundance of local flora and fauna. I am also learning to appreciate both visual and performing arts across our shire and region.