Jul 18

Break O’Day leaders plan to invest back into community

BREAK O’Day’s new management team has its sights set on reinvestment in the region, says Mayor Michael Tucker.

Last week’s local government elections saw 14 new mayors elected across Tasmania, including Cr Tucker, who is joined by new deputy mayor John McGiveron and new general manager John Brown. Cr Tucker admitted his thumping win over fellow candidates Hannah Rubenach, Glenn McGuinness and Timothy Warren “blew him out of the water”.

“The advantage that I may have is that I have been in the community for five generations,” Cr Tucker said on Saturday.

“I had it in my mind it would be an extremely tight race. I was extremely surprised by the result because I didn’t expect it.”

Now the result has sunk in however, the St Helens resident wants better outcomes for Break O’Day’s younger generation – a feature he believes can be achieved by investing more money into local businesses and products.

“I can be quite honest that I have a personal agenda. I want to create and drive an economy where our leaders invest back into our own community and economy. That’s number one. I want to create pathways for some of our youth. If there are young people who don’t want to move away, they can have opportunities where possible.”

Cr Tucker also has plans for the region’s tourism industry, saying the community has “only scratched the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to holiday potential.

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