Congratulations to mayor elect Julia Leu and Councillors-elect Abigail Noli, Bruce Clarke and Terry Melchert. To those mayoral and councillor candidates who were not elected, you are to be commended for having the courage to put yourselves forward for consideration. A big thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged me, firstly to nominate for the council, and subsequently over the past few weeks of my campaign. I particularly wish to thank everyone who volunteered their time to hand out how to vote cards at the pre-poll and on election day. Finally, thank you to everyone who has put their faith in me by voting for me. I undertake to do my very best for our entire community. This is an exciting time for the Douglas Shire and I am confident that our future is bright, particularly now it is back in our own hands.