Cr Marg Attley was last night elected to her third term as Mayor of the Mansfield Shire Council and said this term will be about listening to the community and restoring trust.
“At the end of this term, we want to have an organisation that people are proud to work in and a community that feels confident in what we are doing,” Cr Attley said.
“We have heard that the community doesn’t feel listened to. We will facilitate ways for the community to engage in issues that affect their lives. With Cr Peter Olver, Deputy Mayor, as a team, we are committed to visiting more community groups and understanding the community’s interests and needs,” she said.
“Council recently introduced early engagement about next year’s budget. We started the discussion at the bushmarket.
“The Botanic Garden playground redevelopment saw people of all ages, including young people and a woman aged in her 90s, contributing ideas. It was wonderful and we want to encourage more of this type of community spirit.
Cr Attley thanked outgoing Mayor, Cr Harry Westendorp for his leadership in the last term.
“I really want to acknowledge the great service Cr Westendorp provided to us as councillors and to the community; he stepped up when Council needed him and took on the role of Mayor. We really appreciate his leadership through the past nine months or so, which has involved some difficult issues,” she said.
Cr Attley is in her 15th year as a councillor, vice president of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and on the executive of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association.