Council. Smithton’s David ‘Woody’ Woodward is Circular Head’s newest councillor following the resignation of Rodney Hardy last month.
Cr Woodward joins Circular Head Council one year after losing his seat in the 2014 election, while Mr Hardy left for health reasons.
Working at Dairy Maintenance four days a week and running Smithton business, Sheer Pleasure Accommodation, alongside wife Heather, Cr Woodward said he used the time off to “step back and spend more time with family”.
But now, he is rearing to go again.
“I miss the involvement; I miss being around the table and helping make decisions,” he said, laughing when he added: “You know you’re not going to be popular all the time.”
In his last term, Cr Woodward was behind several recent motions, including the safety upgrade of the Mawbanna turn-off; and the Fossey Street dog park and other off-lead exercise areas.
“I’d love to see more walking tracks and I’m very interested in our health and wellbeing – people need to be active,” he said.
“It’s great to see the gym in Smithton now; that’s great for our area. Most people want to exercise and keep healthy.”
Cr Woodward had been a dairy farmer for close to 30 years before joining the council in 2007; his way of “giving back to the community”.
“Circular Head is a great area for business,” he said, naming dairy, meat, seafood and tourism businesses among the most successful.
“You go through your tough times with farming, but you come out of it.”
He said he was optimistic that the region had “turned a corner with tourism” with many tourism operators noting the increase in visitors.
“There are more people coming this way, more people looking for new places to go.”
In speaking about all that he wants for Circular Head, Cr Woodward’s passion for youth is first and foremost.
“I want to continue to be involved in the community; I’ve been very passionate about helping young people [especially],” he said.
“It’s good to see a couple of younger ones (new councillors) around the table. I think that needs to happen. Us old ones that have been there for a while won’t be here forever.”
Three candidates – Cr Woodward, Steven Pilkington and Tracey Heald – nominated to contest last Thursday’s recount.
Cr Woodward will be formally inducted at a council workshop tonight (Thursday November 5). He has been elected to serve until the 2018 ordinary election.