Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 9 November 2018

This will be my final Mayor’s Message and as I shall be stepping down from the role this Wednesday, 14 November. I will miss the wonderful opportunities I have had as Mayor, to meet so many amazing and generous members of our community – so many people who donate their valuable time to assist others in need, so many creative and dedicated people. However I will welcome the opportunity to have the space to focus more of my attention on my home ward.

When I was elected to Council two years ago, my horizon was to represent my ward, which is Island Ward. However, this horizon was expanded somewhat, when I was presented the opportunity to represent the entire Shire as Mayor. Over the past two years I have made a concerted effort to attend and speak at as many events or gatherings as possible; to chair as many meetings across the entire shire as I could fit into my schedule; to represent and support our community as best as I possibly could. I have had the pleasure of meeting the Governor General, the Victorian Governor and many Government Ministers and Shadow MPs, both State and Federal. Moreover, I have had the great fortune to meet the most wonderful people from the four corners of our Shire. It has been an honour and a delight. I now look forward to supporting our next Mayor.

I have reflected on my last two years as Mayor, and I am pleased with the progress we, within Council, have made. Very quickly after election two years ago, we embarked on our Council Plan 2017-2021, and engaged extensively with our community. A number of themes emerged loud and clear from the community engagement for our Council Plan, one of which was the need for a focussed and well-crafted Advocacy Strategy.

From that plan, we have developed a comprehensive list of advocacy priorities, ranging from a new secondary college and hospital, to the protection of our foreshore and natural environment. After numerous trips to Spring Street, with our Advocacy document in hand, we have gradually seen so many items ticked off our list. I know whoever takes on the mantle of Mayor will continue this campaign with as much fervour as I have endeavoured to administer.

I would like to publicly thank the CEO, the Executive and the Staff within Council for their support throughout these past two years and I now look forward to my next two with a spring in my step, as Councillor for Island Ward, as there is still much to be achieved.

Congratulations to the Phillip Island 150th celebrations committee for the incredible success of the Street Parade and Community Day held in Cowes last week. Many remember the New Year’s Day street parades of the past and last weekend there were many reminiscing about those good ol’ days. However two residents of Cowes, one 94 years old and the other 92, told me that the street parade last weekend ‘took the cake’. They could not believe the thousands of people who thronged the streets, enjoying the creativity, the music and the festivities, with many remarking they had never seen anything like it. Congratulations and thank you to all those who participated in the event and helped make it such a success. I have already received request for the return of Phillip Island annual street parade!

As the temperature rises, we will soon be welcoming an influx of visitors to our beautiful area and I urge everyone to take extra care on our roads, please obey speed limits and please be aware of our wildlife, who also have the right to live safely within our community.

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