Mayoral Matters February 2024

Published on 08 February 2024

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Unfortunately, my column today starts with the sad news that Ms Jessie Holmes will not be commencing her role as Chief Executive Officer for Hindmarsh Shire due to personal issues.

Councillors were unanimous in appointing Jessie and were confident in her abilities to lead the shire to new horizons. We wish Jessie all the best in her future endeavours, and we will be commencing recruitment of a CEO immediately.

I was pleased to visit all 4 towns celebrating their Australia Day ceremonies. These were once again well attended and our thanks go out to the volunteer groups who help make these a success and congratulations to all award winners on the day, not only shire awards but town awards also.

At council last week, we endorsed our 13 youth councillors for the coming year. We have 7 youth councillors continuing into their second year and we welcome 6 new young members of the community to the council. These young people will help tackle youth issues within our shire such as mental health, social implications and organise events for our young people in the shire. Congratulations to all 13.

We are currently engaging on our updated Community Engagement Strategy. Council uses various methods to communicate with the community. This includes social media (Facebook), fortnightly e-newsletters, media releases, and hard copy monthly newsletters. We are keen to hear from the community on which are the most effective ways to communicate with you.

We recently passed our Community Action Plan and Economic Development Strategy at council which reflects many things that came out of the consultation sessions held. This is the public’s greatest vehicle in being heard and shaping our infrastructure and service needs.

Lastly, we have Dimboola hosting the Peter Taylor Barefoot Waterskiing event on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of February. This a wonderful event and a beautiful setting for the whole family to enjoy on the banks of the Wimmera River. I urge you to support this national event which includes overseas competitors.

Cr Brett Ireland

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