Busy and rewarding times for mayor
AT the January meeting of Mansfield Shire Council, Mayor Marg Attley presented her monthly report to fellow councillors.
In December 2019, I commenced my first Cafe Conversions at Cafe 41.
It is a relaxed way to meet with our residents/visitors and listen to what they have to say.
The January session was held at The Produce Store.
February sessions will be held on 6th and 20th - venues to be confirmed.
I look forward to seeing you and discussing topics of interest with you.
Since December 31, our shire has been impacted by fires near Mt Buller and Howqua Hills.
Council staff and emergency services personnel met daily to be
updated on the fires and work undertaken by Forest Fire Management and other agencies.
A well-attended community information meeting was held at the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre on Monday, January 13 with representatives from DELWP, Victoria Police, EPA, CFA, Mansfield and District Hospital, Regional Development Victoria and council.
This meeting discussed:
an overview of the fire landscape and the (then) current emergency management situation; clarification of the warnings; the importance of preparedness and personal fire plans; and
explanation of the processes statewide to feed through business recovery, which includes the work and advocacy of the shire, Tourism North East (TNE), Regional Development Victoria and the expanded role of Regional Partnerships.
Questions and comments were constructive and helpful for future planning.
Our thanks and acknowledgement to all who have been and will continue to be involved.
Our Australia Day nominees and winners were announced at an afternoon tea on January 16.
The Australia Day Committee found it a difficult task to select the Mansfield winners owing to their amazing work and commitment to our communities of all the nominees.
I congratulate the nominees and winners.
It was my pleasure to attend two staff meetings in December to acknowledge and congratulate staff on their milestones of commitment and service to Mansfield Shire Council and its communities.
These award recipients were:
Ten Year Service Awards went to Karina Rajbhandary, Kristine Bretherton, Belinda Langlands, Carolyn Garlick, Lauren McGinty, Phillip Desmond and John Peachey;
Fifteen Year Service Awards recipients were John Collyer and Anne Edwards;
And one 35 Year Service Award went to Michael Desmond.
Community members, young people, family and friends, and staff gathered to acknowledge and thank John Collyer for his 15 years working with our youth on the occasion of his retirement.
On behalf of council I would like to thank John for his dedication to our young people over those 15 years.
Cr Marg Attley