Mayor’s fourth term

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY STRUAN JONES [email protected]­me­dia.com.au

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.

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