The council elections are behind us and unfortunately I have failed to be re-elected.
This is a great disappointment to me and my supporters but one that I will take on the chin and come back stronger. I would like to thank all the people who have put their trust in me and supported me during my time on council.
Being on council was a privilege and a challenge. I tried to achieve a balance on council between the main party factions while having the concerns of the community as my guide. My one regret is that I could not do more for our ailing road network, but circumstances and the lack of support on council worked against my endeavours. However there are processes in place that I have worked hard to establish that will start to take effect over the next four years, including the review of road construction and the progress of council's asset management plans.
I congratulate the councillors who were re-elected, especially the mayor Jenny Dowell. I wish the new councillors good luck in what will be a steep learning curve.
Areas of council that still concern me are the progress of council's asset management plans, the zero budget review, the community survey and council's long term financial planning. Not 'sexy' stuff, but essential to council being sustainable in the long term.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who helped me during the election campaign for all your hard work, advice and support.
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