Dave eyes Council seat
Monday, 28th February, 2011
As pre-polling in the City Council by-election gets underway today, Independent candidate Dave Gallagher looks back on his campaign as an eye-opener.
Mr Gallagher, who is running against fellow independent Larry Angell and Labor candidate Maureen Clark, said he had been unaware of the high level of dissatisfaction in the community.
One big issue was the need for more aged care facilities, he said.
"A lot of people who I know and thought were happy really aren't," Mr Gallagher said.
He said the number of elderly people waiting to be placed in aged care was "shocking".
"People are at hospital waiting for aged care facility. They are well cared for but the availability of aged care facilities is shocking," Mr Gallagher said.
"Due to the fact we are an ageing population, this is really needed. We have the War Vets, Aruma Lodge, Con Crowley Village and St Anne's Nursing home but there is a need for more aged care facilities."
Mr Gallagher said it was unfair for locals who had spent all their lives in Broken Hill to have to move to Adelaide for a place.
He said it was important for people to grow old with their family and friends around them.
"A lot of people leave this town to get aged care. The hospital barely have enough beds to facilitate health care," Mr Gallagher said.
"City Council needs to lobby the state and federal government to ensure there is enough aged care beds.
"We must look after our elderly people. I think it is disgusting they have to go to Adelaide for aged care. How can friends and family look after them? It is just wrong."
Mr Gallagher said aged care was one of the many issues he will be addressing if he becomes councillor.
"I am keeping it to basic principles... sport facilities, weeds, roads and aged care."
He said he can bring new ideas to the Council, especially with his membership of sporting bodies and committees.
"I am an active member of the community and I will be able to inject new life into the city. The councillors are doing a great job but I can bring in new ideas."
Mr Gallagher, a police officer, moved to Broken Hill in 1986 and has stood at the past two Council elections.
"I love Broken Hill. It is the best place and I've decided to stay. The town has opened up to me and I want to give them what they gave to me," he said.
Pre-polling is available from 8am today at 178 Argent Street.