Mitchell Shire's Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months were appointed this week. Cr Rhonda Sanderson will continue as Mayor for the second year in a row. She is joined by Cr David Lowe as Deputy Mayor who was also appointed for the second year in a row. Councillor representatives on committees and organisations were also selected and will be available shortly.
Reflecting on the past year, Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said she was proud of what the new Council had achieved so far.
“It has been an extremely busy first year for the new Council. I’m very proud of the positive and productive way we have been working together and also how focussed everyone has been on achieving great results in partnership with our community,” Cr Sanderson said.
“The current Council was sworn in last November, and by February we were working with the community to develop a number of crucial plans, including the four-year Council Plan, our 2017-18 Council Budget and long term financial plan – all considered within in a tight financial environment.
“We’ve also worked hard behind the scenes to continue to advocate for better services and facilities for our community.
“It has been wonderful to oversee a number of key projects built or funded over the past 12 months, many of which were initiated by the previous Council, including the Community Bank® Adventure Playground in Wallan, the Wallan Town Heart Project, the Greater Beveridge Community Centre, upgrades to Hudson Park in Kilmore and Harley Hammond Reserve in Broadford, and funding announced for an integrated community and learning hub at Seymour College, to name just a few.
“In the last year the new Wallan Family and Children’s Centre opened, the new Broadford Maternal and Child Health Centre is about to open and work has started on significant upgrades to the Broadford Living and Learning Centre and a new outdoor area for Seymour Library.
“I’m also really pleased at how the new Council has continued to support the great work done by past Councils in managing and planning for our shire’s significant growth. Council now has structure plans in place for Wallan, Kilmore and Wandong/Heathcote Junction, we’re currently finalising the Seymour Structure Plan and we plan to start the Broadford Structure Plan in the coming months.”
Cr Sanderson thanked her fellow councillors, council staff and the community for their support over the past 12 months.
“It has been a real team effort and the work the Council has done during the past 12 months would not have been possible without councillors, council staff and the community all pulling in the same direction,” Cr Sanderson said.
“I’d especially like to thank our wonderful community for their support over the past 12 months. We’ve aimed to make the council more transparent and I think we are getting there. We have consulted more with our community and we sincerely thank all our community members who have taken the time to engage with Council to help us deliver the best possible outcomes for our region.
“I’d also like to thank our State and Federal Government counterparts for their support across so many important projects and for their work behind the scenes helping to meet the needs of our community.”