Mr Glenn Spear
After a very busy lead up to Christmas it was very enjoyable to have a break. However we are now well into 2017 and back to dealing with the day to day operations.
Elected Members will be submitting their budget allocation bids for the coming financial year and it is indeed a busy time for the Councillors to prioritise the various submissions.
I am mindful that we have to be fiscally responsible whilst ensuring that infrastructure works are maintained. Mitcham Council enjoys a strong financial position and I am comfortable with our debt repayment, and new capital expenditure commitments. We have planned for increased expenditure on tree replacement in suburban streets, stormwater maintenance and replacement, increased footpath expenditure and I hope that Council will support the redevelopment of the Mitcham Library.
We had a few “stings” from the government, in particular substantial increases in our waste levy. I was very disappointed at the tax increases applied without any prior notice.
We are waiting for Minister Hunter to formalise the Brownhill Creek flood mitigation arrangements between his government and the five involved Councils. Hopefully an announcement will be forthcoming soon.
Once again Council held an Australia Day celebration at Carrick Hill It is an important day to celebrate what a great area but more importantly what a great country we live in.
Well done to all of the nominations for the Australia Day Awards and in particular my congratulations to Ms Rosemary Fisher and Mr Rhys Roberts as joint winners of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award and Danika Pederzolli as the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award. In addition Ms Betty Cobiac received a special commendation for the Australia Citizen of the Year Award. Well-deserved recipients indeed.
For my New Year resolution I would like to see a reduction in spending money on consultants thus saving ratepayers funds – see how I go!!!!
Tracey and I would like to wish all of our community a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year.