Last night candidates for the coming election gave short speeches for those gathered at the Senior Citizen’s Club. I learnt plenty. I assume that those who came learnt plenty as well.
Below is the speech I delivered.
When I gave my first candidate speech 7 years ago, I ended with the phrase “Kentish has survived, now it needs to thrive”. Kentish as an area has gone ahead over the past 7 years, we have more than just survived.
A recent comparison of coastal councils was undertaken. Kentish was rated 3rd of out 9. Our rates are around middle of the pack (no not the cheapest), however are blessed and burdened with beautiful mountains and rugged terrain so we must also shoulder the load to maintain the bridges and windy roads that these mountains create.
Being Deputy Mayor has been a great challenge to me and a role I have taken seriously. I have worked closely with the Mayor and General Manager over the past term, meeting weekly with both of them. This is rare amongst councils in Tasmania but it shows the cooperative nature of the leadership we have. I have gained the current Mayor’s confidence. This has helped to build a solid council.
If I am re-elected as Deputy Mayor, whoever is elected as Mayor has my word that I will support them in their role, I will seek to assist them and not undermine them and respectfully challenge them when need be. We have all seen what happens when Councils become dysfunctional.
At this time in my life, being Deputy Mayor seems like a good fit. However I need your support to continue in this role.
It is healthy for councils to gain new blood. At the very least Kentish Council will have 4 new councillors (maybe more). Council however also needs stability and continuity as the new councillors find their feet. I offer my experience and assistance (if elected) to any new councillor. It is in everyone’s interest that new councillors get established as soon as possible.
Where to from here?
We need to capitalize on the National Tidy Town win for Sheffield.
There is interest in establishing a skate park in Railton, I support this proposal if the Railton residents get behind it.
A project that I have pushed (though did not think of) (thankyou George Kelly) is the re-establishment of Gowrie Park as a residential village. This topic will be on the new Council’s agenda.
There is more for the future than can be mentioned in 3 minutes.
If re-elected Deputy Mayor you can be assured I will support the new Mayor and try and build a solid and strong council for the good of all who choose to live here.