HAVING worked previously as an HIV information educator in South Africa, completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and peace studies, and establishing his own local Aikido studio, local resident Julian Brown has decided to put his hand up as a candidate in the Bunurong Ward for the upcoming Bass Coast Shire election.
Julian, who was born in Leongatha and educated locally, has dedicated his life to helping others, and has now decided to turn his hand towards his local community.
Currently living in Inverloch, Julian teaches the Japanese martial art Aikido from the South Gippsland Martial Arts studio in Wonthaggi that he established.
After attending school at Newhaven College, Julian graduated from university before moving to Japan to teach English and to study the art of Aikido.
Years spent living abroad in Japan and then in Melbourne have seen Julian return to his home town with a heightened appreciation for the natural environment of Bass Coast.
“In December 2015 and January 2016 I walked the 1200km of the Shikoku Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan,” Julian said.
“Having done that walk, I can say that the overall natural beauty of the Bass Coast walk is better than that of the world-famous Shikoku route.
“I support the completion of missing sections in the walking and cycling network.
“The notable gap at the moment is the San Remo section. The network will be a great asset for tourism, especially in spring and summer when the good weather will best allow for its use.
“I support looking at the feasibility of linking Wonthaggi to Inverloch via a walking and cycling path.”
Julian is passionate about cutting down on the council’s use of consultants, and is looking to direct as much funding into capital works as possible.
“I think that there have been some examples of poor infrastructure design and implementation in the past four years.
“Most notably the chicanes on Surf Parade in Inverloch where they should have been speed humps and the ‘back-to-front’ bus shelter on Sandy Mount Avenue,” Julian said.
“We need to ensure that rates are as low as possible so that they are affordable for ratepayers and so that they are sustainable into the future.
“I would like to see the Inverloch Transfer Station kept open.
“I support construction of the path along Surf Parade but think that the use of consultants in the process has been a waste of money.
“I don’t support expensive Special Charge Schemes, and I want to see the Wonthaggi Visitor Information Centre kept open.
“I think that council should do as much work in-house as possible and minimise the use of consultants.
“I believe that as a general principle people should be able to walk their dogs on the beach responsibly.”
He can be contacted at julianforbunurong@gmail.com.