Stability and progressing with Council’s keen focus on economic outcomes and improving quality of life, is the message received from residents following the 2019 local government elections.
Murray’s four re-nominating Councillors David Bolt, Ange Rogers, Steve Lee and Casey Rose were returned for a four-year term, with Stuart Kirkham elected for a two-year term. They join sitting Councillors Douglas McLarty, Geoff Black, Brad Cardilini and Brenda Beacham.
David Bolt and Douglas McLarty will lead Council over the next two years as Shire President and Deputy Shire President respectively and were elected by fellow Councillors at the Special Council Meeting on 24 October.
Shire President Cr. David Bolt was grateful for the opportunity to represent the community and Council for another term.
“There has been remarkable progress in Murray over the last few years as Council’s focus has expanded from a traditional service based approach to now include economic development, investment attraction, place-making and tourism.
“Council understand how establishing effective co-working relationships with our community and other stakeholders improves stewardship and advocacy of our community and leads to the achievement of valuable outcomes, and over the next term, Council will strive to ensure consistency in the Shire’s approach.
“Council will further work to ensure the successful completion of major projects including the Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment, Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre and the Agri-Innovation Precinct and support key stakeholders in the successful delivery of their projects including Transform Peel’s Peel Business Park, the State Government’s Bushfire Centre of Excellence and the Dwellingup Adventure Trails project.
“These progressive undertakings are contributing significantly to the economic viability of Murray and the Peel region through increased job, training, business growth and diversification opportunities, spending in local communities and external revenue streams.
“Council will also ensure progress is made on its tourism, place-making, business development, environment and heritage commitments and community infrastructure including Shire facilities and its road and footpath network, will be maintained and/or upgraded to meet community need in a sustainable manner,” Cr. Bolt said.
Cr. Bolt thanked Cr. Lee for his support as Deputy over the last four years and remarked that he looked forward to Cr. Lee’s continuation on Council, as it continues to work with the community to ensure Murray is a place where business thrives, the environment in protected and its people enjoy an outstanding quality of life.
Nine candidates nominated for the 2019 Ordinary Council Election, which realised a 25.63% return vote.