A voice for the ageing population and a man of many trades
A VOICE for the ageing population and a family name spanning over generations in the Maranoa has seen one born and bred local put his name forward in the upcoming Local Government election on March 28.
David Bowden who was born in Mitchell and raised in Muckadilla is a seasoned councillor candidate who said he has been inspired to apply to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Mawn who was a member of a local shire council.
A wearer of many hats, Mr Bowden has worked as a shearer, owned a real estate business in Mitchell, written three history books, worked with Hand Heart Pocket, Blue Care, Catholic Care and is the current the president of Toastmasters.
David also has significant experience in the small business area, including six years working as an Area Manager for an Insurance Company and six years with Mobil and Golden Fleece Service Stations.
He is now retired in Roma, living with wife Lynette.
“The main thing is the fact that I can relate to the aged population,” Mr Bowden said.
“And I think we’re acutely aware in Roma that we do have an ageing population and I would want to make sure that we have everything available to them.
“I would be interested in getting involved with tourism as well, as I think that is a very important aspect for keeping our towns thriving.”
Mr Bowden said while he supports population growth, he believes we must be wary to prevent dips and booms in the economy.
“We already had that smack in the face when we had a transient population that grew our town,” he said.
“Small businesses suffered because of it because they geared up to a high level to compete with the out of towners.
Then when the out of towners left, all our businesses had all this extra stock level and staff so they had to work out ways to reduce this without losing too much money.
“I take my hat off to them, because most of them stayed on. I have no idea how they tightened their belts and did it, but I admire their resilience.”
Being a shearer by trade in his earlier years, Mr Bowden has worked out in nearly every town of the Maranoa and says it’s particularly important for residents of the smaller towns to be careful who they select to represent them.