I am very pleased to have been elected to council.
I congratulate all candidates on their campaigns.
The election was strongly fought and candidates focused on issues and policies rather than personalities which was great to see.
I would particularly like to mention the two youngest candidates in the election from Westernport Ward for being prepared to throw their hats in the ring and arguing for what they believed in.
There was a lot of diversity in the backgrounds of all candidates and many different policies for voters to choose between.
I would like to thank outgoing councillors for their service over the last four years in what is inevitably a demanding job given competing views within the community.
In Bunurong Ward, I commend the work that was done on upgrading the Inverloch skate park which is great for young people in the area and for the council’s work on the Robert Smith art collection which would be a great addition to our cultural assets.
I look forward to working with my fellow councillors over the coming term and believe that we have many knowledgeable and experienced people who were successful in the election.
One of the key policies for the election was to fight to keep the Inverloch Transfer Station open. I intend to make this one of my first matters for business.
Naturally, different residents will have voted for different candidates.
I hope that if any community group or resident within Bunurong Ward has an issue that they would like to discuss that they feel free to contact me.
Julian Brown, Bunurong Ward.