News from the Kim­ber­ley town

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

It has been a busy fort­night for new Shire of Derby-West Kim­ber­ley pres­i­dent Ge­off Haerewa, who has worked tire­lessly to be­gin de­liv­er­ing on his pro-de­vel­op­ment pledge.

Mr Haerewa was sworn into coun­cil and elected pres­i­dent on Oc­to­ber 26 and has wasted lit­tle time at­tempt­ing to wrap his head around the dif­fer­ent projects un­der way and in plan­ning.

The for­mer busi­ness­man and army of­fi­cer said he needed to be up-to-date with all projects be­fore de­vel­op­ing a strat­egy to grow Derby and its econ­omy, as well as sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“I needed to get the home­work done be­fore I started throw­ing my sup­port be­hind ev­ery­thing. I have vis­ited each cur­rent project in or­der to get a close-up look at how they’re pro­gress­ing,” Mr Haerewa said.

“I’ve cov­ered a lot of ground in a small amount of time and I am sup­port­ive of projects, growth and what’s best for this town.”

Mr Haerewa said his first pri­or­ity is get­ting money into the area.

“The bot­tom line is, we need money flow­ing into Derby. The next ob­jec­tive af­ter that is to col­lab­o­rate with the Chamber of Com­merce to dis­trib­ute the money to ev­ery­one that will ben­e­fit,” he said.

“We need to keep the money in the town, which means peo­ple need to jump on board the op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Mr Haerewa said he will sup­port re­source com­pa­nies in town, as long as they work “within the es­tab­lished pa­ram­e­ters”.

The pres­i­dent also aims to sup­port lo­cal events and help them to im­prove and flour­ish.

“A lot goes on in this small town,” he said.

“We want to give or­gan­is­ers of these events the op­por­tu­nity to show us what they can do and we will help them out wher­ever we can.”

Al­though the role of pres­i­dent is new for Mr Haerewa, he is no stranger to coun­cil.

The Derby lo­cal sat a four-year term from 2005 to 2009, serv­ing as deputy pres­i­dent for the last two years of the term, be­fore be­ing elected again last month, eight years af­ter his last run.

With An­drew Twad­dle and Chris Kloss re­tain­ing their re­spec­tive seats and Ge­off Davis and Denise Andrews round­ing out the new coun­cil of nine, Mr Haerewa be­lieves he is lead­ing a very strong and col­lab­o­ra­tive Shire.

“Each in­di­vid­ual has their own strengths and my aim is to mould these strengths to­gether,” he said.

“I want a team that works to­gether, con­verses and helps each other out, with the com­mon goal be­ing what is best for our area.

“Our Shire has gone through prob­lems but I be­lieve we are now headed in the right di­rec­tion.

“The shared vi­sion of de­vel­op­ing Derby re­quires a team ef­fort and that is what it will be.”

New Shire of Derby-West Kim­ber­ley pres­i­dent Ge­off Haerewa out­side Shire of­fices.

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