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Mr Glenn Spear

Position Mayor
Address PO Box 21
Mitcham Shopping Centre
TORRENS PARK SA 5062
Contact Details Mobile: 0438 221 762
Fax: 08 8372 8101
Email: gspear@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
Term Dates From 14/11/2014

June 2017

I am pleased to report successful funding of approximately just over $1 million from the State Government for extensive renovations of the Mitcham Memorial Library and surrounding parks. We have been successful in receiving Government funding for several major projects including the Brownhill Creek stormwater project, Hewitt Sports clubrooms, St Marys Park Sports Facilities and a car park in Eden Hills on the corner of Willora Road and Ellis Avenue. 

Council is in extensive budget negotiations at time of print. Our rate increase will be approximately 2.9 %. Whilst this increase is higher than the current CPI government index it provides for extensive capital backlog expenditure. Additional funding for stormwater renewal, footpaths, sport facilities upgrades and capital allowance for new facilities such as road renewal and improvement and a new library is included in current budgeting. I am told that our increase without new capital works would be in the vicinity of .8 of a percent well under current inflationary figures. I am mindful that administrative costs should be kept as low as possible. 

There has been some negative press around some Council’s approach to the expenditure of ratepayers money. I am proud to report that there has been no overseas, Council funded, travel expenses incurred in my term as Mayor. The executive salaries do not include any golf club memberships or such associated benefits. It has been my experience that even the request to send a single Council member to an interstate conference has been debated vigorously in Mitcham Council. Other Councils choose to send several Elected Members to such events at considerable expense to the ratepayers. It is of course a debatable issue and one for the individual Councils to discuss with their community. 

At this week’s Council meeting a motion to have all Elected Members expense claims reported on the Council website was defeated. I was disappointed with this decision. The allowance claims are available with a freedom of information request anyway. 

Tracey and I attended several Anzac commemoration ceremonies and I pay tribute to those people dedicated to preserving the memories of our fallen men and women. 

I take this opportunity of thanking our 360 volunteers who serve our community so well. A movie morning in recognition of their service was held recently and I acknowledge those people who choose to serve others. Mitcham has one of the highest per capita volunteer rates in Australia, this is something that we can all be very proud of!

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City of Mitcham -ABN 92 180 069 793
131 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062
T: +61 8 8372 8888 | F: +61 8 83728101
E: mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
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