Mayor’s fourth term
COUNCILLOR Ron Janas is set to continue on as mayor of the Alpine Shire Council after he was elected to a fourth term at the recent council meeting on November 13.
Addressing fellow councillors and onlookers before the vote at Council Chambers, Cr Janas said he has been honoured to have served in the position for three years.
“I’m proud of the fact that under my leadership we’ve been able to bring this council back to a positive finan- cial situation through a hard working council team,” he said.
“I’ve tried to represent the community in as many parts of the shire as I can and I think I’ve worked reasonably hard at doing that, so that’s really why want one more year.”
Following the mayoral election, a vote was taken for the position of deputy, and councillor Sarah Nicholas was elected for a second term.
Also speaking before the vote, Cr Nicholas acknowledged the “great team” of councillors and officers she works with and said despite the ‘deputy mayor’ title, “we all support the mayor.”
Speaking to the Alpine Observer, Cr Janas said his main goal for the term is to maintain momentum on current projects and to keep planning for the future.
“You have to be prepared going forward, because money or grants don’t just appear. You’ve got to have plans in place for projects ready to go, so when funding becomes available, you’re in a position to act.”
A key feature of the past 12 months has been the work done by Council in advocating for the Mount Buffalo tourism proposals to state and federal agencies, and will continue once a new Victorian government is formed.
“A big part of the mayor’s role is promoting some of those advocacy roles and I think our biggest advocacy role was the Mt Buffalo Chalet,” he said.
Also important is the completion of the shared trail between Bright and Harrietville, which Cr Janas described as a “good project” that will enhance Harrietville commercially.
According to Cr Janas, the role of mayor requires a lot of time and commitment, and while it’s something he’s always happy to do, he’s realistic that beyond this next term, “it would be good to have someone else in the chair.”
“I feel honoured to be here for four years, it’s been terrific learning and working with some terrific people,” he said.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for 7pm Tuesday, December 4 at the Council Chambers in Bright.