Ararat mayor on advisory panel
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.