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Sellick to 'look beast in the eye'

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2013

Photographer Robin Sellick says all the negative voices are getting the most publicity. Photographer Robin Sellick says all the negative voices are getting the most publicity.

By Erica Visser

Photographer Robin Sellick will run in the upcoming City Council by-election in what he says is a bid to provide an alternative option.

The by-election will be held next month after the resignation of Clr John Groenendijk in February.

Confirmed by-election nominees include Christine Adams, who served on Council last term, Alan Tucker and Labor's nominee Geoff Cullenward.

Mr Sellick, who is best known here for his 2011 best-selling book "Life and Times in the Republic of Broken Hill", said that he had considered running for Council in the September 2012 elections.

"I've been thinking about it for a long time," Mr Sellick said.

"The by-election has provided an opportunity for the people of Broken Hill to decide if they want more of the same or if they want some new, fresh ideas.

"I'm only one person but it's time for me to use my influence on the inside of Council rather than the outside."

Mr Sellick will run as an independent and says he had always been a "team player". "You see, some people are in a panic about the debt and my message to those people is don't panic.

"There have always been challenges, but it's how you deal with them that counts.

"We have to remember that Broken Hill is a strong place that's perfectly capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time."

Mr Sellick said that the community was uncertain about Council's ability to repay $7 million to Perilya.

He said that if he were elected to Council he would use his "excellent people skills" to better convey the facts of the situation.

"We have to look the beast in the eye. This debt is not a train wreck coming towards us as people have been led to believe.

"It's a situation that needs to be actively managed and negotiated through to an outcome that is positive for Broken Hill. There is always a solution.

"Simply talking about the problem over and over again does not fix it."

"At the moment, the negative voices are getting the most publicity."

Mr Sellick said that while he lacked experience in local government, his broad experiences with people and communities would assist him.

"I love a challenge and I think we need some new ideas and energy, and that's the option I'm presenting to the community."

The by-election will be held on Saturday, May 11.

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