Former mayor eager as ever to serve Valley
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.”