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Haenel puts up hand for mayor


orsham councillor Claudia Haenel has declared her intention to nominate for Horsham Rural City Council mayor.

Cr Haenel has put herself forward for the position with a mayoral election scheduled for November 18 and has outlined her intentions in a letter to the media.

Mayoral elections, voted on by councillor­s, occur every 12 months and the Horsham councillor­s are approachin­g their first year in office since local government elections. Cr Robyn Gulline is in the mayoral chair. Cr Haenel said when she was elected to the council 11 months ago, she advocated for making a difference to women, water and the Western Highway bypass, to detour heavy vehicles out of Horsham and keep our community streets safe.

She said recreation­al water allocation had now been granted to Green Lake, money had been allocated for a women’s garden, and advocacy to detour heavy vehicles away from residentia­l streets continued.

“I am also interested in the aerodrome, aged sector, animals and the arts. I was a practising artist with a degree in fine art and visual culture after many years in media advertisin­g and a small business in health care,” she said.

“I have also worked in the rural and hospitalit­y sectors while travelling as a young person. I am now passionate about food sustainabi­lity and healthy diet outcomes for our community.

“I have rich life experience living and working in Australian capitals and overseas. But I am a Horsham girl at heart and the third generation to live in Horsham North, where my mum still lives after 60 years in the family home. I live east of Horsham in St Helens Plains, on the edge of the municipali­ty, but I frequently visit mum at home in Horsham North, for care giving.”

Cr Haenel said she believed her achievemen­ts and experience made her an ideal candidate for Horsham mayor.

“I also believe the council should have choice and diversity when selecting its next mayor, and I believe I provide that choice,” she said.

“I am not a member, nor am I affiliated with any political party. My moderate views are completely independen­t and my own. I have the right balance of experience, transparen­cy, integrity and vision to guide our council group through this COVID recovery and find the opportunit­ies to grow our municipali­ty into the future.

“I have asked my fellow councillor­s for their support and am grateful to those who have encouraged me. The ultimate decision of who will be mayor will be in the hands of my fellow councillor­s.

“If I am successful­ly elected as mayor I will lead with my values of ‘excellence in leadership through aspiration­al and sustainabl­e innovation, delivered ethically and transparen­tly’, for regional community liveabilit­y, sustainabi­lity and accessibil­ity.

“I appreciate the meaningful connection­s I have made in the community while out and about doing ‘Coffee with Cr Claudia’, whether it be Café 22 in Horsham Plaza, Weir Park at the Wimmera River or the Police Paddock reserve in Horsham North.”

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