Mr Glenn Spear
Happy new year to everyone. I hope that you enjoyed a safe and happy Christmas. The lead up to Christmas has been very busy with many functions to attend. Council is now preparing for budget allocations for the coming year. Over the next few months we will meet to discuss and prioritise capital expenditure on various projects.
With a Federal election to be held in the next 12 months I hope to be in a position to seek assistance on some major projects. At a recent meeting most Councillors listed the Daws Road, Springbank Road, Goodwood Road intersection as a priority item. The State Government has allocated approximately $1.8 million for Springbank Road works with a budget bid to come before Council of an additional $400,000 to complete the road.
We had somewhat of a win with the South Road freeway upgrade. A lot of time and effort went into the submission. We were concerned at the impact of the freeway on our residents and hopefully the plan is an improvement on what was being considered.
As we are well into fire season we are constantly reminded of the risk we face in the Mitcham hills area. Please do the right thing by the volunteers and clear, and clean up your properties. I attended a function at the Eden Hills Fire Station and personally thanked the volunteers who risk their lives for their community.
Australia Day was again a great success and this year we had the Governor of South Australia attend the celebration at Carrick Hill on Australia Day.
I commend the Mitcham residents who have received various awards in recognition of their work in, and for the local community. Congratulations to Ron Bellchambers and his family who was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for his contribution of the local community through the Brownhill Creek Flood Mitigation Project.
The APRA Orchestra received the Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award for their SA Community Music Festival, held at our community centre at Cumberland Park, the event featured performances from over 500 musicians.
The Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek was recognised for their service to the community. The club has gone from strength to strength and raises thousands of dollars to help local community organisations and programs.
Finally the Innovation Callisthenics Club was presented with an Excellence in Sport Award for their achievement and commitment shown in developing the sport of Callisthenics.