Mr Glenn Spear
One of the more satisfying roles I have as Mayor is conducting citizenship ceremonies at various venues throughout Mitcham. New citizens declare an oath to obey and uphold the laws of Australia. The Mayor is authorised by the Minister to receive this oath and must ensure that people receiving the honour of citizenship state their acceptance audibly. At a recent ceremony I halted the proceedings because I could see that a new citizen was not proclaiming his acceptance of the oaths/affirmations. I do not believe that the person was acting willfully or deliberately and it was pleasing to have him take the oath after my gentle reminder. Australian citizens are indeed lucky to live in such a wonderful country.
It certainly has been a busy few months; I have made representations to various Government Ministers on a range of issues. The Darlington Interchange works are in final stages of planning. The Government has been consulting with residents in neighbouring suburbs over a range of issues. In particular resident’s access in and out of Bedford Park is of concern. I am not particularly happy with current proposals and hope to have more input before works commence. I feel there is potential for vastly improved amenity in the area…….”watch this space”
Council has commenced review of its library services. There is significant costs associated (three million annually) in running of the two libraries and they perform a much needed and essential core service to the community. I believe it is incumbent on Council to review costs of such facilities and ensure that the centres are running efficiently. Council has reported targeted efficiencies of 1.25 million dollars this year and I am very pleased with that result.
We are currently engaging in community consultation on bike paths and trails in Randell Reserve. I am receiving a lot of feedback from the community, some in support of further development and some with the view that we have enough trails in Mitcham. I implore you to exercise your right of opinion on the matter. Council can be influenced by community feedback and I hope that our residents become more engaged.
I am reminded that many of our residents are retired or self – funded retirees. With this in mind I feel that council should strive to deliver efficient services with a view to keeping our rates low and “in check” I am working hard to lead an efficient and well managed Council.
Thank you to the Mayoress for her much valued support, Tracey attends most functions with me and without her backing I would struggle.
It is that time of year again when a number of the local sporting clubs are competing congratulations to the Unley Jets on their C Grade premiership and the Colonel Light Garden Reserves winning their grand final. The Mitcham Hawks U15 team won their premiership for a third year in a row. Congratulations to those teams that made the grand final but were unsuccessful. Well done, everyone.