Celebrating Katherine's 100th anniversary and working towards more community engagement are major campaign goals for Peter McDougall, who is standing for Katherine Town Council.
Mr McDougall confirmed several goals he has for the Katherine community and there is only one promise he will give.
"I will not be making campaign promises, but campaign goals," Mr McDougall said.
"My only promise is I'll work hard for the people of Katherine as a councillor.
"On July 1, 2026 Katherine will become 100 years old. I'll spend my term on council to organise the centenary event. I want more elected members and community engagement," Mr McDougall said.
"Council works better when we get more feedback and more engagement from the community. The elected members can do better by listening to the community and voicing their concerns.
"I'll reinstate the monthly open forums before council meetings for non agenda questions and keep questions from community for agenda based questions during the council meeting.
"I also want to keep the quarterly Community Consultation.
"Lastly, accountability. Council needs more accountability for their actions and for project spending.
"These are my goals. If elected as councillor for Katherine, I hope these goals have convinced you to vote for me."
Mr McDougall said that he loved Katherine and "want(s) to make a difference through my passion, politics and I know I can".
"I ran for council before in the 2017 election and I learned a lot from the experience," he said.
"I've also tried twice getting on the council when there's been a casual vacancy after members resigned months ago.
"Both times I failed but, I'm not going to let that stop me."
Mr McDougall has been watching and learning about how to be a councillor in preparation for the run.
"I've spent seven years attending the monthly elected members meeting, questioning them to learn the workings while keeping councillors honest and to make sure some projects were in budget and on schedule," Mr McDougall said.
"I've learnt a lot from outside the council and now I need to learn on the inside.
"For three years I've been an online picker for the local Woolworths, so I know how to work under pressure and still achieve good results to my customers.
"Even if I'm elected on the council I'll still be at Woolies working hard to keep everyone fed."
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