Vil­lage ex­pan­sion on agenda for di­rec­tor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

ONE of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing the Ocean Gar­dens Board has been the ex­pan­sion of the vil­lage, says re­cently reap­pointed di­rec­tor Si­mon Withers.

Mr Withers, who is also the Town of Cam­bridge Mayor, said there were hun­dreds of peo­ple on the wait­ing list.

“And de­mand is go­ing to keep grow­ing,” Mr Withers said.

“In the past there has been a strong fo­cus on prop­erty; we will be able to fo­cus more on ser­vices.

“A lot of peo­ple com­ing in are for health-re­lated rea­sons and they’re mov­ing from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing to more as­sisted liv­ing.”

The Town of Cam­bridge voted to ap­prove the reap­point­ment of Mr Withers and An­thony Kin­der as di­rec­tors of the board at its Au­gust 25 meet­ing.

Mr Withers’ ap­point­ment is for a 12-month term, ex­pir­ing on Oc­to­ber 19, 2016, and will be his last term be­cause of a clause that pro­hibits a di­rec­tor’s reap­point­ment from ex­ceed­ing nine years.

“That (clause) was some­thing I in­tro­duced about six or seven years ago,” Mr Withers said.

He said the board would make a suc­ces­sion plan for his po­si­tion.

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