Twelve vie to re­store Shire stand­ing

Pilbara News - - Local Government Elections - Tom Zaun­mayr

As Ex­mouth heads to­wards its most im­por­tant lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion in 50 years, 12 res­i­dents rep­re­sent­ing a wide gamut of in­ter­ests in the town have put their hands up to lead.

The Shire of Ex­mouth has been op­er­at­ing un­der the guid­ance of com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher since Jan­uary, af­ter the Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion sus­pended and then sacked the pre­vi­ous coun­cil.

It is fit­ting per­haps, that one month af­ter cel­e­brat­ing 50 years since the birth of Ex­mouth, the lo­cal govern­ment will un­dergo its own re­birth as six new res­i­dents are elected to the coun­cil.

Mr Fletcher said he was con­fi­dent the 12 nom­i­nees would keep Ex­mouth head­ing down the right path.

“Ex­mouth is a beau­ti­ful place, one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world, and it has to be pro­tected and pre­served, but equally we have to see eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in bal­ance with that to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar so they can stay here,” he said.

“What I would ex­pect and what I will look back with pride on is that Ex­mouth will be the place that peo­ple say ‘if you want to go see how it is done, and done prop­erly, go to Ex­mouth’.”

Sev­eral changes have been made to the lead­er­ship struc­ture in the Shire of Ex­mouth fol­low­ing the CCC re­port. The num­ber of ex­ec­u­tive man­agers has been re­duced from six to three and a new chief ex­ec­u­tive has been hired.

Two new po­si­tions have also been cre­ated —om­mer­cial and com­mu­nity ex­ec­u­tive man­ager; and gov­er­nance na­ture man­ager.

The elec­tion will sig­nal the end of Mr Fletcher’s ten­ure, but he has agreed to re­turn to Ex­mouth to pro­vide com­ment and guid­ance at the first or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 7 should he be needed.

WA Premier Mark McGowan with Shire of Ex­mouth Com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher.

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