Pickard's final trek
IT is the end of an era for the Joondalup council.
After 11 years in the top job, Mayor Troy Pickard chaired his last council meeting on Tuesday night.
“It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege to serve and represent the interests of the community,” he said.
“It’s been a phenomenal journey over the last 11 years, one that will remain with me forever and that opportunity would not have been possible without support of the Joondalup community.
“This also provided me with the unique opportunity to represent all local governments in WA and all local governments in Australia as president of WALGA (WA Local Government Association) and ALGA (Australian Local Government Association).
“I think one of the primary achievements of the class of 2006, which includes Crs Russ Fishwick, Tom McLean and Kerry Hollywood, was our ability to return good governance and stability to the City of Joondalup; attributes which were unfortunately missed in the preceding years and over that decade we’ve managed to ensure the good governance continues in the City.
“I think a significant outcome of the last decade is the council has activated the silent majority.
“Prior to 2006, a number of small, special interest groups drove the decisionmaking of the council.
“You will only hear from a very small segment of the community who express their voices and invariably it’s in hatred and anger.
“You need to apply a lens in your decisionmaking so you recognise and appreciate there are many people out there that value what you do, that support the initiatives and the foundations this council has built and ensure they have a voice as a silent majority.
“I encourage you to not fall in to the traps of previous councillors that ultimately has resulted in their dismissal.
“Be open and transparent in your declaration and disclosures and ensure no slippery conduct occurs around the table.”
Other achievements he listed were the “good shape” of the City’s finances and condition of the City’s parks and reserves, the progression of the Ocean Reef Marina and winning the award of the World’s Most Liveable City in 2011.
He also thanked the City’s staff, directors and chief executive Garry Hunt, his support staff, the local sporting and community groups and stakeholders, councillors past and present and his friends and family.
He encouraged “all members of the public to actively participate” in the upcoming election.
“It’s an opportunity to choose six councillors and a mayor, which is a wonderful demonstration of democracy,” he said.
Mr Pickard’s position as mayor will officially end when votes close on October 21, with a special council meeting on October 24 to swear in the new mayor and successful ward candidates.
Mayor Troy Pickard and chief executive Garry Hunt before their final Joondalup council meeting together.