Ararat mayor on ad­vi­sory panel

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Ararat Mayor Peter Beales will join a 2019 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment May­oral Ad­vi­sory Panel.

Vic­to­rian Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Adem Somyurek ad­vised Cr Beales of his ap­point­ment from a high-qual­ity field of ap­pli­cants from across Vic­to­ria.

Cr Beales will join 14 other Vic­to­rian may­ors in­clud­ing Mel­bourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Greater Bendigo Mayor Marg O’rourke and Greater Gee­long Mayor Bruce Har­wood.

The pur­pose of the panel is to pro­vide high-level ad­vice to the min­is­ter on a range of lo­cal gov­ern­ment is­sues.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Harrison con­grat­u­lated Cr Beales on his ap­point­ment.

“This is a great achieve­ment for Cr Beales and I thank the min­is­ter for ap­point­ing him to the panel,” he said.

“The coun­cil is de­lighted Cr Beales will have the chance to dis­cuss is­sues and in­flu­ence State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion mak­ing in re­la­tion to lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

Cr Beales said he was hon­oured and looked for­ward to

regularly meet­ing with Min­is­ter Somyurek.

“I am es­pe­cially keen to high­light the is­sues ru­ral and re­gional coun­cils face in their day-to-day op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“Ru­ral and re­gional coun­cils face a unique set of chal­lenges, some­thing I know Min­is­ter Somyurek is acutely aware of.

“This is a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil to be heard at this level, and hav­ing face-to-face meet­ings with the min­is­ter will be an ex­cel­lent way to get our mes­sages to the heart of gov­ern­ment.”

Cr Beales will be one of three may­ors from ‘small’ shires on the panel, which will meet four times un­til Oc­to­ber, when all 14 may­ors’ terms fin­ish.

The first panel meet­ing will be to­day in Mel­bourne and Cr Beales will pro­vide a re­port to the Ararat coun­cil’s April meet­ing.

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