From the Shire President John Daw
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.