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Mayoral reflection for term of office November 2016 to November 2017

Published on 13 November 2017
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  • Council meetings

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Media statement from Mayor, Cr Tony Dib

As my year as Mayor draws to a close, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the year to date.

This is the first term we have had a Deputy Mayor, and I thank my fellow Councillor Nora Lamont for her support over the past 12 months.

It has been an incredible honour to serve the people of Maroondah again and I’m really proud of what we have all achieved together.

From a strategic level we have adopted a new four year Council Plan, a new Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Maroondah Housing Strategy.

All of these documents will help us work towards a better future for our residents.

I am pleased to be able to say that Maroondah is one of the top five Councils in the State for maintaining our assets, and this is managed through our capital works program which saw more than $24 million allocated in our 2017/18 Budget.

I had the pleasure of officially opening a number of new community facilities, including the Eastfield Dog Park; the Ringwood Athletics Pavilion at Proclamation Park, named the Tony Lethbridge Pavilion; and the new multipurpose pavilion at East Ringwood Reserve, named The Coopersmith Pavilion.

Another project particularly close to my heart was the expansion of the Glen Park Community Shed in Bayswater North. The additional space has seen the program assist even more people, including those who have a disability. 

Council was also successful in its advocacy for funding for the new HE Parker multisports facility to be built at HE Parker Reserve. This $16.5 million facility will see the construction of a new indoor four court multi-sports complex that will cater for training and competition for netball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis. Construction will start early next year and we expect to see it open for the community in early 2019.

Another exciting achievement is the launch of Council’s new website. For those who haven’t had a look yet I encourage you to do so. Not only does the site look bright and modern, it is also more accessible and provides a range of new information on the many Council services and activities.

Council’s social media channels are also connecting well with our community, with many of our Facebook posts now reaching more than 20,000 people.

While the Mayoral term has appeared to flown by, we’ve still managed to fit a lot in.

For more information on the many achievements of Council, please refer to the Annual Report 2016/17, Our Achievements 2016/17 and our Maroondah projects page. You can also pick up a copy of these documents from Council’s service centres. 

The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2017/18 will be elected at a special meeting of Council on Wednesday 15 November. 

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