Mayor’s plan for unity

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Mayor Pat Bourke says he is com­mit­ted to get­ting con­fi­dence from the com­mu­nity and de­ter­mined to make the new coun­cil work.

Cr Bourke will or­gan­ise bus trips with his fel­low coun­cil­lors to towns within the coun­cil area to dis­cuss with res­i­dents their needs and de­sires as coun­cil­lors set­tle into their new role.

The trips are also de­signed to al­low some bond­ing time among the nine new coun­cil­lors who had their first monthly meet­ing on Septem­ber 26.

“I want the coun­cil to en­gage the com­mu­nity,” Cr Bourke told the Free Press.

“We will get to­gether on a bus trip and start get­ting out and get­ting in­volved with the com­mu­nity.

“It’s im­por­tant to learn about what is go­ing on and what is im­por­tant to res­i­dents.

“Ini­tially it will be trips out to com­mu­ni­ties and have some so­cial gath­er­ings and get some con­fi­dence in them and us and go from there.”

Cr Bourke said the vis­its would be ad­ver­tised when they have been planned.

Be­fore the coun­cil merger, Cr Bourke was Urana Shire Mayor for three years af­ter be­ing deputy mayor dur­ing his eight-year coun­cil­lor term on Urana Shire Coun­cil.

Cr Bourke said he was ‘ab­so­lutely thrilled’ with his new ap­point­ment and was happy he could share the mo­ment with many fam­ily mem­bers and friends who had sat in on the his­tory mak­ing coun­cil meet­ing.

“I turned around to my par­ents down in the back corner and I saw a tear run down my fa­ther’s cheek – I had made him proud,” he said.

Cr Bourke said it was also a win for the for­mer Urana Shire com­mu­nity which was, dur­ing the elec­tion, un­sure about how well rep­re­sented the town would be af­ter the merger with Corowa.

“It has given Urana con­fi­dence, there are cer­tainly a lot of res­i­dents coming for­ward with that, but not only the Urana Shire, I be­lieve it will bring the merger to­gether,” he said.

“We are just de­ter­mined to make it work for ev­ery­one and be very in­clu­sive and that’s the key fac­tor, we can’t leave any­one out.”

One of the first calls of busi­ness was for coun­cil to de­cide who would rep­re­sent coun­cil and ac­com­pany school stu­dents and chap­er­ones from Corowa and Oak­lands on a trip to Ja­pan this week.

The trip is an on-go­ing cul­tural ex­change pro­gram with coun­cil’s sis­ter City in Ja­pan ‘Miki City’.

Cr Bourke ex­plained his ab­sence of a pass­port left him out of the run­ning.

It was de­cided that Cr Gail Law, who was al­ready go­ing as a chap­er­one, will rep­re­sent coun­cil.

Coun­cil’s next monthly meet­ing will be October 17 and coun­cil­lors are still to de­cide on fu­ture meet­ing dates, times and lo­ca­tion.

Scar­ing up a storm were par­tic­i­pants in the Best Dressed Liv­ing Scare­crow con­test at Pfeif­fer Wines. Pic­ture: Paul Blake.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Mayor Pat Bourke is look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the new coun­cil.

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