Business input needed on shire council, says election candidate
CANDIDATE in the forthcoming local government elections, businessman Tony Ryan, (pictured right with wife Ros) says Cowra Shire Council needs wider community representation.
Mr Ryan, who has conducted his bookshop Browse Awhile in Cowra’s CBD since 1985, says there has not been a representative from the Kendal St business community on council since the retirement Councillor Ian Brown.
With the CBD/main street overhaul and the obvious need for a heavy vehicle bypass sooner rather than later, Mr Ryan says it seems to him that his years of experience in business in the main street will bring a different viewpoint to that shared by the present councillors.
Mr Ryan is also a lifelong resident of Cowra, having raised and educated his family in the town.
His wife and daughter are both schoolteachers in Cowra, thus he maintains a strong connection to, and interest in, education in the town and district.
Mr Ryan has also been a board member of the Cowra Business Chamber since its inception, and has chaired the Futures 30 Business and Industry Committee which combined with the Business Action Group to form the Business Chamber.
Mr Ryan and wife Roslyn are well-known and enthusiastic supporters of cultural groups in the town – both are active members of Cowra Music and Dramatic Society and other town cultural groups.