Being a councillor is all about listening to the community and striving to achieve results, says Josh Black.
Mr Black is running as a Country Labor candidate in the upcoming Dubbo Regional Council election. He's standing in the south ward.
The secondary school teacher and primary producer said he joined the Country Labor ticket because there were "so many good ideas" among the team.
"If one Labor councillor, Stephen Lawrence, could achieve a drug and alcohol rehab centre and a drug court in Dubbo in one term of office on his own, bringing the community with him, I see there's amazing opportunities for other great community-led improvements from this group of candidates, if elected," Mr Black said.
For the council candidate, one of the biggest issues is the need for a north-south Newell Highway bypass to take the trucks out of west Dubbo. He's also advocating for more planning around a new bridge south of the LH Ford Bridge.
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"That is a necessity at some point in time but there's a lot more community consultation that needs to be done around that," he said.
Mr Black also wants to see council playing a larger role in the supply of affordable housing, a 50 metre public, indoor swimming pool and better disability access around Dubbo.
As the uncle of a disabled child, he said he had seen how limited the city's disability access was.
"One of the main things that needs to be done is listening to the community and putting community interests first, not those of a small group of people. And that's what this team beings to the table," Mr Black said.
"We're prepared to listen to people, we're not there for personal gain. It's all about the community and listening to the needs of the community and then driving to achieve that."
Having lived in Dubbo since he was seven-years-old, Mr Black said he was very invested in the Dubbo community.
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