Mr Patterson says after four years as a councillor with Greater Shepparton City Council, including time as mayor, he can hold up his head and say he has truly stood firm and voted for what he believed in.
His decision to stand for re-election to council came in spite of what was ‘‘a fairly difficult time’’ during his last term.
But Mr Patterson says he is excited about the future, particularly a proposal for a solar farm for the region, a new aerodrome, inland rail and fast train proposals and the likelihood of new faces on the council.
He says the city must still resolve a couple of big issues — the need for improved train services and the proposed Shepparton bypass.
Mr Patterson says he believes the answer for Maude St Mall is in partially opening it to traffic and parking while promoting a cafe culture for the area.
He says he will stand up for ratepayers. ‘‘If I think something is wrong, I will say I believe it’s wrong,’’ and believes his four years on council has brought wisdom and a new more-balanced approach.
He is urging the new council to present a united front and work as a team.