Mr Brophy is facilitator of the Fairley Leadership Program and was also a staffer with former Member for Murray Sharman Stone, which he said had given him ‘‘a real understanding of the electorate and the people in the electorate’’.
He cites among his skills an understanding of how to make things happen in Spring St and Canberra, strong relationship building and ‘‘good common sense’’.
Mr Brophy said he wanted to be part of a group of like-minded people on council who moved forward the city’s economics and projects.
He highlights the need for the council to build relationships with government departments and address government cost shifting in creative, intuitive ways.
Mr Brophy wants Greater Shepparton to be known as a council that can listen and can do, and listen to voices from among the agricultural and rural sectors.
He says robust discussion, varying views and a mutual respect among councillors is needed.
Mr Brophy cites investigations, vested interests and a lack of respect and trust as some of the low points of the existing council, which he gives a score of eight out of 10.