FORMER State MP Andrew Cripps is back on the political scene, announcing his intention to run as a councillor for the Hinchinbrook Shire Council in their upcoming by-election.
The Tully born candidate, was elected as the Member for Hinchinbrook in 2006, a seat he retained until he was beaten after preferences by Katter’s Australian Party newcomer Nick Dametto at the November 2017 state election.
Since then, Mr Cripps has worked for the Australian Government as Chair of the Resources 2030 Taskforce, an engagement which he recently completed.
In announcing his intention to run for a position on council, Mr Cripps said the opportunity to serve as a councillor for the Hinchinbrook Shire at this time was rather unexpected.
“But it so happens that I find myself in a position to offer my experience and judgement to the community,” Mr Cripps.
The by-election, which will be held on October 13, was prompted by the resignation of councillor Maria Bosworth in early August.
Other candidates in the by-election include Donna Marbelli, Megan Lawlor and Jonathan Pavetto.
Mr Cripps said as a resident of Ingham, he had a direct interest in council and its ongoing efforts to improve the local community.
“In my previous role, I always valued having a strong working relationship with the elected representatives and employees at the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and so I am familiar with its operations and structure,” Mr Cripps said.
“The ratepayers of the Hinchinbrook Shire know me well, so there is no need for a lengthy introduction, or an explanation of my values, save to say that I would welcome this opportunity to continue in public service.
“The Hinchinbrook Shire faces a number of challenges, but it is also a place of great natural beauty, with a strong local community that has enormous potential and I’m optimistic about that future.”