Young DJ in bid to lead city
Wednesday, 4th November, 2009
Travis Keyser has joined the race for Mayor. At 22, he is the youngest candidate and he hopes to set an example to the city's young citizens as an independent.
Mr Keyser moved to the city a little over 12 months ago to start a career in radio. He is recognisable for a stint on the reality TV show Big Brother, which ended shortly before he moved to the Silver City. He now hosts a breakfast show on Hype FM and said it was encouragement from listeners that gave him the confidence to put his hand up for the city's top job. If elected, Mr Keyser said he wanted to focus on issues that would create a sustainable future for Broken Hill, starting with its youth. "I'd like to address the lack of youth initiatives in the city," he said. "This is a great place and the adults love it, but you find that people under 18 have a ‘stuck in Broken Hill' mentality. "I know it sounds cheesy, but young people are our future, and if we can encourage the to stay we can grow our population and our economy." Mr Keyser flagged a go-kart track on the Menindee Road as a good place to start, but said consultation with young people was the key. "I think the track could offer some good, family entertainment so I'd want to look at that," he said. "I want to poll students at all the schools to see what they want. "Obviously there is no point in establishing all these event and having no-one come because it isn't what they want to do. I think that's been the problem in the past, so I want to talk to young people about what they want." Mr Keyser was also a firm believer in the ‘buy local' message and wanted to push that message with City Council. He's also a firm believer in tourism as a tool for Broken Hill to thrive. He said he was up to the ‘multi-tasking' involved in taking the Mayoral office, and sought to set a good example for the youth.
"It's disappointing that the elder generation can tell them that things like this are impossible, that they're too young. If they see that I can do it, they'll know they can do it too," he said. "It's not about age, it's about ideas."