Newly appointed Mayor of Wingecarribee Shire Councillor Larry Whipper has today reaffirmed his goals for the year ahead.
“It may only be my second day in the role but I wish to reiterate my position and priorities as we head into the final year of this term of council,” he said.
“As we await IPART’s decision on Council’s Fit for the Future submission, my immediate focus will be to ensure councillors work together towards common goals that will benefit and progress our community.
“Just some of the issues I believe our community wants us to action include improving Council infrastructure and services, investigating green initiatives and exploring greater opportunities for our youth.”
“I therefore ask councillors to put aside any differences they may have and accept majority decisions so our focus may be concentrated on the future of this Shire,” he said.
“And to avoid any repeat of recent disruptions from the gallery, I would remind visitors to show decorum in the chamber and respect the decisions of councillors,” Mayor Whipper added.
“I would hope Wednesday evening’s disruption was the last such occurrence,” he said. “If not, councillors will be forced to move action to ensure such unruly behaviour is properly dealt with so we can focus our efforts on the business of the Shire.”
“I would also add, that on legal advice received from Council’s panel solicitors, that any claims as to the legitimacy of Wednesday night’s proceedings would not be likely to lead to any finding of invalidity of the outcome if challenged in Court,” Councillor Whipper added.
“With this information I repeat my position following Wednesday’s election that wearing the Shire’s mayoral chains is a huge honour and a task I do not take lightly,” Mayor Whipper said.
“I intend to be an inclusive, consultative and transparent Mayor.”