Big year de­fined by de­par­ture of leader

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Barry Sam­mels Barry Sam­mels is the Mayor of Rock­ing­ham.

As an­other year wraps up and the un­wrap­ping of presents gets closer, now is a good time to look back and think about the big events that have shaped our lives. As mayor, I can look back on a very pro­duc­tive year for the City of Rock­ing­ham. Dur­ing 2017, we com­pleted new sports fa­cil­i­ties in Sin­gle­ton, Golden Bay and Bal­divis, cre­ated a shared path for res­i­dents to travel safely be­tween the Warn­bro rail­way sta­tion and the Bal­divis shop­ping precinct, and im­ple­mented a new three-bin sys­tem to in­crease re­cy­cling and re­duce waste. These are ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments which will have a long-term pos­i­tive im­pact on our com­mu­nity.

An­other long-term pos­i­tive im­pact has been the in­flu­ence of our out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Ham­mond.

I would like to thank him for his lead­er­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for al­most a decade.

His strategic guid­ance of op­er­a­tions at the City has cre­ated an ef­fi­cient, best-prac­tice cul­ture un­der­pinned by sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. We wish him all the best for the fu­ture.

While Christ­mas can be a very en­joy­able time of year for some peo­ple, for oth­ers it can be a real chal­lenge, par­tic­u­larly those who may be lonely or iso­lated.

If you are feel­ing over­whelmed, you can con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14

be or be­yond­blue on 1300 224 636 for

eA sup­port.

If you drink al­co­hol, do it re­spon­si­bly.

That means plan­ning your trips in the car so if you have been drink­ing, you won’t be driv­ing.

G On be­half of my fel­low coun­cil­lors and all the staff at the City of Rock­ing­ham, I wish you all a very

b merry and safe Christ­mas.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels wishes ev­ery­one a merry Christ­mas and a happy new year.

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