Dear friends and colleagues,
Congratulations to all the Mayors and Deputy Mayors who have been elected over the last month. There’s been an unprecedented number of Mayors being elected for three consecutive terms, and there have been 32 female Mayors elected.
It’s been a month of elections. The state election has seen a returned Andrews Labor government with an increased majority and at this stage, 19 upper house seats. Cabinet is in place and Minister Adem Somyurek has been appointed Minister for Local Government. An introductory meeting has been organised for later this week and I look forward to working with him, especially with regards to the re-tabling of a Local Government Bill and changes to the Municipal Association Act.
The list of other cabinet portfolios is available here.
Our sector will have some familiar faces in Parliament, with the following councillors elected at this point in time. We wish them the best of luck in their transition from local to state government:
- Cr Catherine Cumming (Upper House, Western Metro)
- Cr Bev McArthur (Upper House, Western Victoria)
- Cr Meng Haeng Tak (Clarinda)
- Cr Nina Taylor (Upper House, Southern Metropolitan)
- Cr Jackson Taylor (Bayswater)
- Cr Ali Cupper (Mildura)
Change to the MAV Board
There will be a new member elected to the MAV Board on 18 December. A by-election was triggered in the Southern Metropolitan Region as a result of the resignation of long-serving member and former MAV President, Cr Geoff Lake.
I take this opportunity on behalf of the Board to thank Geoff for his valuable contribution to the MAV over a 15-year period, and to wish him all the best. As you may recall, earlier this year Geoff was successful in clarifying the MAV rules through the Supreme Court and thanks to his actions, we are all now clearer and wiser.
At the time of commencing the proceedings, Geoff advised the Board that in the circumstances he felt it was appropriate for him to resign at the conclusion of the proceedings regardless of the outcome. Thank you Geoff.
Strategic Planning Sessions
The MAV strategic plan is what guides us as an organisation. Your input is really important and I would like to warmly invite you to attend the next round of strategic planning workshops, to be held during February. Session details and locations are available on our website. We are holding them around the state, and I really welcome your feedback. As an example, it was through your feedback that we have initiated video conferencing, a new MAV website and training in the regions.
I’d really love to see you at one of the sessions, so that you can help us to shape our next work plan.
In the spirit of having your say, I encourage you to complete our biennial member communications survey. It will close next week and will only take five minutes of your time.
North West Municipalities Association inaugural conference
I recently attended the North West Municipalities Association inaugural conference in Swan Hill. One of the true joys for me in my role as MAV President, is travelling around Victoria meeting with member councils and learning about your issues, challenges and priorities, on your home turf. It was a wonderful conference.
Closing and Christmas Wishes
With 2018 drawing to a close, the MAV would like to thank you for your ongoing support throughout this busy year.
On behalf of the MAV Board and staff, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy new year. May 2019 bring wonderful things for you and your communities. And let’s spare a thought for those less fortunate at this time of year. If you don’t already, maybe consider donating a gift under a giving tree or making a donation to charity.
Our offices will close at 2pm on Friday, 21 December and we will re-open on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. See you in the new year.