Former mayor ea­ger as ever to serve Val­ley

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

EX­IT­ING Der­went Val­ley mayor Mar­tyn Evans still ex­pects to be a busy coun­cil­lor de­spite step­ping down af­ter nine years in the top job.

Cr Evans, who de­clared be­fore the poll he would not be con­test­ing a third term as mayor, was re-elected as a coun­cil­lor and is ea­ger to servce un­der the lead­er­ship of new mayor Ben Shaw.

He ex­pected much of his coun­cil com­mit­ments to re­main the same, de­spite re­lin­quish­ing his may­oral du­ties, he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely a change of stature but for the most part it will be ba­si­cally the same job,” Cr Evans said.

“Ob­vi­ously, through my role as mayor I was the coun­cil spokesper­son and took car­riage of a lot of ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives and projects but I’ll still be able to be a large part of coun­cil as a coun­cil­lor.”

Him­self elected as the Val­ley’s youngest mayor at age 36, be­fore Ben Shaw, 35, claimed that man­tle last week, Cr Evans said he had many fond mem­o­ries of be­ing mayor.

“When you look back at some of the things you’ve done and been able to help cre­ate, it’s pretty spe­cial,” he said.

“There are a number of things I’m proud of. There’s been huge growth in tourism through my time as mayor and it was very pleas­ing to see the coun­cil fight for our peo­ple in get­ting the High School ex­tended to years 11 and 12.”

Cr Evans also re­called some lighter mo­ments, such as “the time I made head­lines a few years back for chas­ing down a bank rob­ber and for stop­ping a run­away car”.

“But these sorts of acts hap­pen ev­ery day around the com­mu­nity, and it no doubt only made news at the time be­cause it was a mayor in the spot­light.”

Cr Evans said he had no doubts the Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity would be in good hands un­der mayor Shaw.

“He’s an out­go­ing in­di­vid­ual and will do re­ally well,” Cr Evans said.

“He will grow into the mayor’s role.We would all like him to be the go-to man, the strong ad­vo­cate we send to meet­ings and events.

“Lead­er­ship is a learn­ing curve. You learn ev­ery day and I know Ben will take that on board.”

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