From the Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - #SNAPPERTH -

Four Coun­cil­lors were elected for their first time on 21 Oc­to­ber. At the pre­vi­ous elec­tion, two years ago, four first-time Coun­cil­lors were also elected. It is sig­nif­i­cant that eight of our twelve Coun­cil­lors have re­cently been elected on plat­forms based on change, trans­parency and im­prove­ment in com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The Shire Pres­i­dent is elected by the Coun­cil­lors. I am pleased to have won the trust of my col­leagues as your newly elected Pres­i­dent. I am the long­est serv­ing Coun­cil­lor, at 14 years of ser­vice. In its first three weeks, the Coun­cil has bonded as a team through an ex­cel­lent in­duc­tion pro­gram pro­vided by our highly ex­pe­ri­enced Ad­min­is­tra­tion. We’ve hit the ground run­ning! The new Coun­cil has en­ergy, fo­cus and com­mit­ment to work with the Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the com­mu­nity to de­liver the best pos­si­ble out­comes for our res­i­dents, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions. One role of Coun­cil­lors is to lis­ten to the com­mu­nity and use this in­for­ma­tion to in­form de­bate and pol­icy mak­ing in Coun­cil. If Coun­cil­lors are con­stantly con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity, they will gain the com­mu­nity’s trust and con­fi­dence in Coun­cil de­ci­sion-mak­ing. I en­cour­age all res­i­dents and ratepay­ers to make con­tact with me and your Coun­cil­lors re­gard­ing is­sues be­fore the Coun­cil. Please con­sider invit­ing your lo­cal ward Coun­cil­lors to at­tend meet­ings of com­mu­nity groups to hear, first-hand, what are the group’s chal­lenges and as­pi­ra­tions. Any mem­ber of the pub­lic can at­tend a Coun­cil meet­ing or make a dep­u­ta­tion on an agenda item. There is also a pub­lic ques­tion time to ask any ques­tions on any Coun­cil mat­ters. Coun­cil meet­ings are held on the sec­ond Tues­day of the month. I look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

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