Pickard's fi­nal trek

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

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.

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