By Matt Male
AFTER two years in the top job, Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield will be stepping down from the role.
The Phillip Island resident says it’s time for someone else to take over the reins as mayor.
She will continue as a councillor representing the Island Ward, which covers most of Phillip Island, alongside Cr Stephen Fullarton and Cr Michael Whelan.
Speaking to the Sentinel-Times earlier this month, Cr Rothfield said she’s enjoyed her time as mayor.
“It’s been a privilege, but it’s now time to let someone else in on a bit of the fun,” Cr Rothfield said.
“I’ve been surprised how much is involved and how much time it takes.
“It’s a really lovely opportunity to meet a magnificent community that we do have, from the children to the older senior citizens – it’s just fantastic.”
And has the mayor ticked off everything she’s wanted to achieve?
“They’re not all ticked off, they’re underway. We’ve still got two more years to tick them all off,” Cr Rothfield said.
The shire’s had a successful two years under her rein, with two budgets that spent big on capital works’ projects.
One of the biggest issues for the Phillip Island area, during the last two years, was the Cowes to Stony Point car ferry.
Cr Rothfield is a fourth-generation Islander with four of her great-grandparents early settlers.
So, when the State Government put the car ferry back on the table, it put the mayor in a difficult position.
Phillip Island residents say she’s passionate about her local area and will fight for what is right. But she also represents the Bass Coast Shire Council.
It wasn’t until April this year, at a council meeting, when the mayor let her thoughts known on the issue.
She removed herself as chair so she could speak in favour of a motion to defer consideration of the car ferry business case.
At the time, she said the motion showed council is “not hell-bent on ramming through the development of a car ferry” terminal in a location the community opposes – mid-way between Mussel Rocks and the Cowes Yacht Club.
Cr Rothfield will officially step down from the role on Wednesday, November 14 at a meeting at the Council Chambers in Wonthaggi.
There has been some speculation about which councillor will step up to the main role but nothing is official.