I was first elected to Council in
1995, some 27 years ago.
After five Council terms and as many elections I decided not to contest this election. When talking to a resident who came to chat while I was having morning tea with my little granddaughter ( 3.5 years ) I realised that her mother was a similar age when I was first elected and that I needed to show courage and end my time on Council.
I believe I bought a strong
sense of commitment and drive to Council that has enabled me to get
things done. I learned early that there was often more than one way to do this
and that keeping pushing in the same direction wasn't always the most
successful way. I've stood alone on many projects when a matter was
initially put to the vote to later find that my colleagues were able to
support what I wanted in the long run. Some of the things that come to mind are
banning smoking inside the chamber and later all Council facilities as well as
progressing the paving of footpaths to see them now complete.
I would have liked to see more
changes legislated by state government that I believe would further improve
local government; these include compulsory voting, max 12 year terms for
elected members and keeping it political party free.
As the currently longest
serving member it has been a pleasure to serve the City of Unley and its people
in this manner.