SHEPPARTON has never seen a Council candidate like Troy Van Den Akker, he certainly doesn’t fit the mould, but that point is possibly the basis of his strength especially when it comes to his commitment for change.

Troy was born and raised in Shepparton, he’s young and he understands firsthand the issues faced by youth across the region.

With an accounting background, Troy also understands the importance of getting the numbers right and implementing key strategies for improvements.

Troy says he aims to represent all sectors of the community on issues which are important to the community.

Troy said, “Over the years I’ve become fed up with not seeing necessary changes happen, so I decided to put my money where my mouth is and try and get something done.

“I’m not aiming to change the world, but there are plausible possibilities which I believe can be implemented with a more direct approach.

“The main concerns which have been presented to me after months of talking to people across sectors in the community are the need for hard rubbish pick up and better waste management solutions, further youth education and events, more multicultural awareness and events as well as strong support for the rehabilitation centre and of course to see action on reviving our CBD.

“Over the years there’s been a significant increase in illegal dumping, which if we’re able to assist people in simplifying their waste management could be prevented. Hard rubbish is a plausible option to look at, particularly for residents who just have no way of transporting their hard rubbish for disposal.

“We need to develop opportunities for our young people here in Shepparton. If we don’t have something tangible to offer then inevitably they’ll leave and settle elsewhere, which is a lost opportunity for our community.

“I’ve grown up in this town and I’ve watched the multicultural community grow and expand over the years, I believe there needs to be more understanding between cultures and within our community.

“From March 2015 to March 2016 we have seen a rise in drug related offender incidents of 11.2% or 14,286 to date. To say that we don’t need a drug rehabilitation centre, in our own backyard is naïve and counter-productive. I believe that Council needs to take a stronger stance in supporting the planning of a proposed centre within our region.  

“The CBD… where do we start? The issue of the CBD has been rehashed and rehashed over the years and at this point, it’s clear that it’s time for less talk and more action. I am determined to see a solution developed which will benefit the CBD.

“I’m certainly not seeking to be another Councillor ‘yes man’, and given the opportunity I’d be proud to stand for the chance to enact real change.”  

News

By Kelly McPherson Mark Zuckerberg is far from the college student he was when creating Facebook, he is one of the mo...


By Kelly McPherson  SSAA Shepparton range are hosting a triple discipline day “Girls with Guns” at 1170 Midland Highw...


By Kelly McPherson  My accent is often the subject of conversation and it is frequently commented on when I meet some...


By Kelly McPherson  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics population clock there are approximately 24.3 mi...


​By Kelly McPherson  The majestic lion has long been a symbol of strength, power and ferocity for as long as humans hav...


By Kelly McPherson  The smallest and arguably cutest horse on the planet is the Falabella with an average height ...


In what is an example of "political correctness gone mad" Vic Roads have approved a 12 month trial that aims to create a...


Photo: Youth girls Bushrangers team that competed in the V-Line Cup at Gippsland in September last year AFL Goulburn ...


Image from www.sportingnews.com By Kelly McPherson One of the greatest rivalries in Australian sport between Danny...


HOW PADDLING 50,000km SAVED A GERMAN FROM WAR SERVICE, LANDING HIM IN TATURA INTERNMENT CAMP By Peter Russell Imag...


By Peter Russell Yorkshire folk would have us believe they invented the expression "taking the piss." One theory i...


By Peter Russell A must-see when visiting West Yorkshire is Sir Titus Salt's utopian-inspired town, Saltaire. Salt...


AN EASY DAY CRUISE FROM SHEPPARTON TO AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST SNOW RESORT By Peter Russell Mt Buffalo National Park is ...


By Peter Russell Once in the North of England, Whitby is a must see destination. The ancient seaport of Whitby, Yorks...


By Peter Russell "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones yo...


More Articles

More From: Latest News