Driscoll re­turned as mayor

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Coun­cil­lor Tony Driscoll will con­tinue as North­ern Grampians Shire mayor for another term after win­ning en­dorse­ment at a statu­tory meet­ing on Mon­day.

The Kara Kara ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive said he was ‘ex­tremely’ honoured to ful­fil the role for a sec­ond time since join­ing the coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2012.

“It is an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to lead North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil and to rep­re­sent this com­mu­nity for another term,” he said.

“I will con­tinue to do my ut­most to rep­re­sent North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil to the best of my abil­ity and I know my fel­low coun­cil­lors will do the same.”

Cr Driscoll pointed to suc­cesses such as the es­tab­lish­ment of the Nec­tar Farms de­vel­op­ment, Bul­gana Green Power Hub, the clear­ing of the Stawell tyre stock­pile and the Grampians Peaks Trail as an in­di­ca­tion the coun­cil was work­ing hard to se­cure on­go­ing eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity in the shire.

“This coun­cil has proven it is proac­tive and fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing out­comes which ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity we have been elected to serve,” he said.

“I can as­sure you this en­er­getic ap­proach to rep­re­sent­ing this re­gion will con­tinue un­der our lead­er­ship.”

How­ever, Cr Driscoll said there was still plenty to be done to en­sure a more viable fu­ture for North­ern Grampians Shire.

“We need to con­tinue to work closely with state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to en­sure lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­ceives its fair share of fund­ing from both lev­els, and to ad­vo­cate for a more equal dis­tri­bu­tion of the Aus­tralian tax dol­lar,” he said.

“Al­ready we have in­sti­tuted re­views of all 41 ser­vices the coun­cil pro­vides to the com­mu­nity, and how we can best tai­lor those ser­vices in or­der to meet lo­cal de­mand.

“We will be work­ing closely along­side the com­mu­nity through­out that process.”

• For more may­oral ap­point­ments, see pages 12 and 13.

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