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Councillors bid farewell

By Rebecca Peppiatt

IT was curtains down for six Shire of Mundaring councillors this week who attended their last meeting on Tuesday with some heartfelt farewells.

Councillors David Lavell, Toni Burbidge, Ian Green, Darrell Jones and Jason Russell spoke to fellow councillors, staff and members of the public gallery about ending their term on council, recounting big projects and events they had been a part of and the challenges they had faced.

Kate Driver, who also decided not to re-nominate for her position on council this year, did not attend the meeting.

During his speech, Cr Jones looked back at three terms with mixed emotions and spoke about awarding tenders for both the Mundaring Arena and the Boya Community Hub.

“Two community projects that were quite daunting to the Shire and the council of the day, but well supported by our community and I recall the moment we awarded those contracts, it was just rejoice in our community,” he said.

“I thank the council of the day for that.”

Toni Burbidge said her time as a councillor has changed the way she looks at the community and fellow councillors.

“Little Possums will always remain my most memorable in debate, North Stoneville the biggest council public gallery on record and a community movement that has, regardless of the future, changed the way State Government looks at planning in subdivisions,” she said.

Cr Burbidge also hinted she thinks the Shire needs to be more transparent.

“There are two things I feel are unfinished business for me,” she said.

“The first is I did not have an opportunity to lead this council to an innovative style of inclusive and communicative leadership where the community learnt more about their elected members and felt trust and ease with their community leaders.”

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