The Hills is, in my opinion, the greatest place on earth and I am deeply honoured to have been elected as your very first popularly elected Mayor. It is a different feeling being elected to be Mayor by the community as opposed to being elected Mayor by your fellow Councillors.
I am truly grateful to this community for putting their trust in me to lead our great Shire over the next three years. We stand at the crossroads to our future. We are seeing the transformation of our future train stations and town centres before our eyes. New release areas are springing to life and our population is expanding at a rapid rate. Growth brings opportunity for residents and businesses, but it also brings challenges.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of residents who have clearly articulated the issues that are important to them. Development - particularly around our town centres; upgraded roads and improved traffic; more infrastructure and services, and ensuring the reasons people choose to call The Hills home still exist despite the physical transformation occurring are key themes. These are tough challenges but I believe Council is in a good space to ensure we create a great quality of life for current and future generations.
We need to ensure only appropriate developments occur and any density allowed needs to be supported by infrastructure and services. We need to continue our push for family-sized apartments that offer a quality lifestyle attractive to families, individuals and retirees who will call an apartment home in the future.
It is also important that we continue to create an engaged community and one where all residents feel they belong. More than ever it is vital that we create opportunities for residents to engage with Council and with each other to ensure the community spirit we know today continues over time.
There is much work to be done and I look forward to working with my fellow Councillors to deliver on meaningful outcomes that improve the lives of all residents.
My door is always open and I look forward to working closely with you to ensure The Hills remains a place that we are truly proud to call home.