10:03AM, Thu 24/11/2022Last night, I was elected by my fellow councillors as the Mayor of Nillumbik Shire Council.
I'd like to thank my fellow councillors for putting their trust in me. I'd also like to thank Cr Frances Eyre, the outgoing Mayor, who has done an incredible job this last year. Cr Eyre leaves some big shoes to fill.
Congratulations to the new Deputy Mayor, Cr Geoff Paine. I look forward to working with Cr Paine over the coming year.
Nillumbik is such a special place to live and during my time on Council, I've consistently been reminded just how special it is. We have some incredible locations and hidden gems across the shire and an active, passionate community, which incredibly valuable volunteer engagement.
During the last two years, this council has set our strategy and shown the direction we want the organisation to take. It is now time to start implementing that strategy.
I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the coming year. As Mayor, it's my duty to represent the whole shire, which means expanding my focus but I promise to continue to represent my ward as well and to stay true to the platform that I was elected for, including protecting our Green Wedge, safeguarding our wildlife, taking action on the Climate Emergency and supporting safer roads, trails and paths.
10:15PM, Wed 24/11/2021It is an honour to announce that this evening, I was elected Deputy Mayor of Nillumbik Shire Council.
I'd like to thank outgoing Mayor Peter Perkins for being an incredible mentor to us new councillors and helping to guide us through this tough first year.
I'd also like to congratulate our new Mayor, Cr. Frances Eyre. Frances has been a fantastic Deputy Mayor for the past year and I can't wait to work side by side with her over the coming year.
Thank you to my fellow councillors for putting your faith in me. Now is the time for me to work harder than ever for the Nillumbik community. As Deputy Mayor, my focus must no longer be just my ward but the entire Shire of Nillumbik. It is my job to represent the whole Nillumbik community and that is what I plan to do.
Please see my Deputy Mayor acceptance speech below.
I have loved representing my community for the past year and I look forward to continuing this work in my capacity as Deputy Mayor.