Mr Glenn Spear
It is nearly twelve months since I was elected Mayor of this wonderful city. As I reflect on the past year I realise how fortunate I am to represent the residents of Mitcham in this important role. Certainly there have been challenges and I have faced a steep learning curve. In many ways Council is similar to running a business, the ‘customers’ are, of course our residents. I am mindful of keeping an eye on expenditure and work closely with senior management to that effect.
I was disappointed to be informed of the government’s decision to approve the Aldi development on the corner of Angas and Belair Roads. Council by strong majority felt that this particular site would not be a suitable location, due mainly to traffic and access problems. Council is a group of elected local people who are expected to reflect community interests and it causes me concern that a body outside of Mitcham totally disregarded the Council’s decision.
I have made strong representation to senior Government members expressing our concerns of the proposed South Road interchange plan. It appears residents’ concerns re access and inclusion particularly in and around Bedford Park have not been addressed. We are going to be very pro-active in our attempt to be heard.
Support for our elderly citizens is important to me. Tracey and I joined the volunteers on the Community Bus recently to see ‘first hand’ the service at work. Thank you to driver Peter and his assistant Keith, they and other volunteers provide a wonderful service. On behalf of the Council I would like to record a special thanks to the 350 Mitcham volunteers that work so hard for the community in a wide range of areas.
I was also invited to spend some time in the call centre at Council and was able to listen to the incoming calls from residents. In some cases there were four or five people taking calls on a wide range of Council related matters. The Customer Service Officers answered all calls quickly and efficiently. My experience with most other organisations, particularly government, is to wait in a ‘hold queue’ for an eternity…Very frustrating.
So on refection I love being your Mayor. I am strongly committed to make Mitcham a better place to be. Tracey and I have met many wonderful people at numerous functions in the past year and have been made to feel very welcome. Thank you.
I enjoy the challenge of strong debate from an intelligent Council body. I have immensely enjoyed working with the Chief Executive Officer, directors and staff. I am confident that we are all working to the same objective and that we are a strong team.
Tracey and I take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas and all the very best for 2016.