Stone runs for council

NOMINATE: Long-time resident Phil Stone will run for council in November.

NOMINATE: Long-time resident Phil Stone will run for council in November.

Former council staffer Phil Stone has announced that he will nominate as an area councillor is the upcoming local government elections.

Mr Stone, who worked for 35 years in tourism, events, marketing and media communications with the Whyalla City Council, believes he still has much to offer as a councillor.

“If elected, I would look forward to the opportunity of working for Whyalla and representing its residents,” he said.

In recent years Mr Stone has worked with the Whyalla Pipe Band and Whyalla Singers to promote their annual concerts while raising funds to keep the Royal Doctor flying as part of the Whyalla RFDS Support Group.

As a councillor Mr Stone says he will:

  • Act to address the issue of improving communication between Council and residents.
  • Strive to balance Council’s priorities and those of the community.
  • Be part of a united team working as one for the wellbeing of Whyalla.
  • Ensure the implementation of a responsible vision to maintain and implement initiatives, projects and important asset development.

While employed by the Whyalla City Council Mr Stone was the city’s first full-time tourist officer and was involved in the establishment of the Maritime Museum and current Tourist Centre.

He also represented the Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla on various State and regional tourism bodies, and was involved with 22 of the 25 previous snapper fishing championships.

Mr Stone has written for a number of news publications as a journalist, including the former Murdock publication, The News, the Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs and the Whyalla News.

“I never had any idea that I would spend the rest of my life in Whyalla, but I have no regrets as life can so often take you on a marvelous journey – and that has been my experience in our city,” he said..