Businessman Roger Carrigan will run for a spot on the Goondiwindi Regional Council in the upcoming election on March 28.
"I'm big on keeping local work for locals. Keeping our community financially strong is the key to a growing economy," Mr Carrigan said. He began grain trading in 1970 when he moved from Moree to Goondiwindi. It grew to one of the largest interstate grain traders in the country and pioneered the first export and containerisation of grain from Goondiwindi.
Mr Carrigan said he wants to maintain a vibrant and united community, by investigating new opportunities to look after existing industry and jobs. "There are a number of large projects taking place in and around the region at the moment, and I will do my best to make sure that our community gets to share in that work through jobs and contracts," he said. Mr Carrigan said the time was right to stand. "I have the time to dedicate myself to the sustainability of the area. I understand the commitment to ratepayers and will ensure their views are represented on council," he said.