Mayor Harry Wes­ten­dorp’s monthly re­port

Mansfield Courier - - Courier | Opinions/People -

IN what has been still a some­what quiet time for the coun­cil be­tween the hol­i­day pe­riod and the be­gin­ning of the bud­get pro­cesses (in­clud­ing the prepa­ra­tion for a rate vari­a­tion sub­mis­sion), the ma­jor item for the coun­cil and for the com­mu­ni­ties has been the cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralia Day.

While this is un­der­stand­ably a sen­si­tive date in some quar­ters, it was good to see so many of our res­i­dents, ratepay­ers and vis­i­tors get to­gether to cel­e­brate what it means to be Aus­tralian in this day and age.

It was good to have Dave Jacka share with us his in­spi­ra­tional speech on over­com­ing ad­ver­sity.

Once again, it was grat­i­fy­ing to see our shire’s awards for Ju­nior Cit­i­zen, Se­nior Cit­i­zen, Cit­i­zen of the Year, and Com­mu­nity Event of the Year go to such de­serv­ing peo­ple.

Our com­mu­ni­ties re­ally do have so much for which to be grate­ful when we see the self­less con­tri­bu­tions made by so many of our neigh­bours.

Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to move for­ward with the sale or lease of the sa­le­yards site has caused some un­rest in the com­mu­nity as it could be seen as de­valu­ing the great work of our lo­cal State Emer­gency Ser­vices team.

There should be no doubt in any­one’s mind that the coun­cil shares the com­mu­nity’s ad­mi­ra­tion for our SES and its ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and we will en­sure that their good work con­tin­ues to be sup­ported.

Our de­ci­sion to al­low for the sale or lease of the prop­erty now pro­vides a more cer­tain frame­work for fur­ther dis­cus­sions and con­sul­ta­tion that en­sures we achieve the best out­comes for all.

Cr Harry Wes­ten­dorp

Mayor

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