Our youngest coun­cil­lor a pos­i­tive choice

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Ash­lee Fitz­patrick for be­com­ing the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta’s youngest ever coun­cil­lor.

Al­though it came af­ter the sad and tragic loss of the highly re­spected and much-loved Cr Ruth Amery, coun­cil busi­ness stops for no man, or woman, and we would hope that Ms Fitz­patrick’s ap­point­ment would have met with Mrs Amery’s ap­proval, at least for main­tain­ing a woman’s pres­ence on coun­cil.

While it’s im­por­tant to have a bal­anced rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the elec­torate on coun­cil it is more im­por­tant that those elected are there for the right rea­sons and have the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and skills to do the job.

Even if a per­son is the best ed­u­cated, most ex­pe­ri­enced per­son on any com­mit­tee, if their mo­ti­va­tion is for the bet­ter­ment of them­selves rather than the peo­ple they rep­re­sent, then they are not the best choice for the job.

For too many years coun­cils were dom­i­nated by mainly men who could af­ford the time, while women and youth rarely stepped for­ward to nom­i­nate let alone prove suc­cess­ful in an elec­tion cam­paign.

Ms Fitz­patrick may be young but her al­ready im­pres­sive re­sume for tak­ing on var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tion roles in­di­cates she is made of the right stuff.

With the sup­port of her fel­low coun­cil­lors our youngest coun­cil­lor should ben­e­fit im­mensely and in term that will flow back to coun­cil and the com­mu­nity in spades.

Let’s hope soon-to-be Cr Fitz­patrick’s se­lec­tion and fu­ture per­for­mance en­cour­ages oth­ers ‘less likely’ to stand for of­fice to step for­ward at fu­ture coun­cil elec­tions.

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