Sam’s law: I want to help

FUTURE COUNCILLOR?: Sam Rowland hopes to become the youngest person ever elected to Goulburn Mulwaree Council. TWENTY-year-old law student Sam Rowland says he is prepared to “give up the best years of his life” to serve the community.
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Come September 8, he hopes to become the youngest person ever elected to local council.

While his official campaign launch won’t take place until August 11, at Hudson Park, he has spent the last week laying the ground work, door knocking both residential areas as well as parts of the CBD.

Mr Rowland announced his candidacy on June 18 and said the community response was very positive. About 40 people have volunteered to work on his campaign and a number of local businesses have also offered to publicly endorse him.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people and they are all happy that a young person has put themself out there to try to improve the quality of life for people in Goulburn Mulwaree,” the youngster said.

He says people want “a bit more common sense” from councillors. He aims to improve relations between local government and business in the interests of social progress and economic growth.

Mr Rowland is under no illusions about what will be involved. He knows it will be a high pressure job that will put him under constant scrutiny, both socially and politically, but says he is not daunted. In fact, he is the opposite.

“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it. I decided 12 months ago that I was going to run, so I have had time to think about the pros and cons,” he said.

“I’ve got a passion for politics and I genuinely want to help people… (As a councillor) I can do that…I am prepared to deal with whatever comes my way… I am 100 per cent committed.”

Mr Rowland is studying law at the University of Canberra (UC). If elected he will continue to study but says he will make civic duty his full time occupation.

He is a Goulburn boy – born and bred – and has always had a keen interest in politics. He served on the Goulburn Mulwaree Youth Council and has been a member of the Liberal Party for 18 months.

He received a scholarship for academic excellence from the Chancellor of UC as well as one from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust for his commitment to community service.

Council election nominations open on July 30 and close on August 8.

For more information visit contact the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) on 1300 135 736 or visit the website www.elections.nsw.

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