It is an honour and a privilege to represent the residents of the Hills Shire once again on this term of Council. The support from the community has been overwhelming and very humbling.
We have a fantastic group of very talented Councillors who have joined us and I look forward to working with each one of them.
It is noteworthy that our Liberal team has four women on Council representing 40%
of our team. Women make up 100% of our leadership. All this is without quotas and based on merit. The ALP on the other hand have 0% representation of women. This is hard to believe.
At the start of each term we set the direction we will take. I have always stood for
- Financial prudence
- Less bureaucracy
- Less regulation
- Responsible governance
I will continue to promote these sound principles. It wasn’t too long ago that this Council was facing insolvency. Today we can proudly say that we have one of the strongest finances in the state.
The improvements have become especially more noticeable over the past 6 years. This came about from being very cautious on how we spend our residents money and ensuring it is used to deliver the most benefit to the community. Our debates on spending can become very robust and strong. This is a good thing.
We will look at regulations and bureaucracy and how we can streamline this further.
I look forward to the next three years and reporting back to our residents on our accomplishments over this time.