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Please note some sections of this website are continually under construction so please check regularly for information updates.
The following is a 'snapshot' of the direction and priorities for my second term as Mayor:
26th Feb 15 Meeting Council's Economic Development Panel... Freeling
27th Feb 15 Premier's Invitation Clipsal 500 Adelaide
02nd Mar 15 Elected Members Training Session Hewett
02nd Mar 15 Meeting SAPOL Chief Inspector Zimmerman Nuriootpa
02nd Mar 15 Elected Members Budget Session
04th Mar 15 Infrastructure Committee Meeting
06th Mar 15 International Women's Day - Soroptimist International Barossa Valley
11th Mar 15 Meeting Barossa Tourism Board Tanunda
11th Mar 15 Special Council Meeting
11th Mar 15 Council Operating & Capital Works Budget Workshop
11th Mar 15 Review Council Meeting Procedures
13th Mar 15 Site Meeting & Inspection Kapunda
17th Mar 15 Site Meeting & Inspection Roseworthy
17th Mar 15 Meeting Reps Dutton Park - Kapunda Swimming Pool
17th Mar 15 Audit Committee Meeting
17th Mar 15 Elected Members Budget Workshop
19th Mar 15 South Australian Regional Awards Launch - Greenock
20th Mar 15 Central Region Local Government Meeting - Clare
20th Mar 15 Volunteering SA Training Program- Welcome Kapunda
20th Mar 15 Australian Citizenship Ceremony
24th Mar 15 Pre-Council Briefing Mayor Deputy Mayor CEO & GM's
24th Mar 15 Council Meeting
2015 Australia Day Citizenship & Awards Ceremony - Greenock
I would like to begin by acknowledging the Ngadjuri people as the traditional owners and custodians of the lands where we come together today. I pay respect to their Elders both past and present and to their culture – the oldest living culture on earth.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen and to all the young people present today, good morning and a very warm welcome to the 2015 Australia Day Breakfast and Awards and Citizenship Ceremony. It is indeed an honour to address you this morning and to make these presentations on Australia's National Day. It's certainly very pleasing to see so many of our citizens here for this celebration.
To begin I would acknowledge all those who have contributed to this special event (thank you Lorinda and Stacie) and in particular, our hosts the Greenock Village Community Association. The venue is excellent and the preparations and other arrangements are a credit to all concerned. I sincerely thank you for your considerable efforts in presenting this important Australia Day ceremony and breakfast.
We are here today to celebrate the spirit of the Nation on our National Day and to also conduct a Citizenship Ceremony during which 12 of our residents will make a pledge and be welcomed as new Australian Citizens.
In addition, as part of the Australia Day Awards Ceremony, Council will recognise and reward our Young Citizen of the Year, the Community Event of the Year and Citizen of the Year. I would take this opportunity to also thank those caring people who provided the well prepared submissions on behalf of many worthy candidates for Council to consider in adjudicating these Awards.
Australia Day Awards are designed to acknowledge those who have made a positive contribution in our communities, and the special events that have brought members of our communities together and contributing to the social wellbeing and lifestyle. Without committed community minded people who volunteer and organisations prepared to organise and promote special events, our communities would be a poorer place. As a result of this combined contribution the very features of Australian life we celebrate today are greatly enhanced. I thank you one and all for your contribution and look forward to announcing and presenting the Awards to the recipients this morning.
Congratulations to all taking part in today's Citizenship Ceremony. Australians have created a dynamic society in which each citizen can live a rich and meaningful life.
In addition, Australians created a democracy that welcomes others to its shores, that awards each citizen the right to vote in open and free elections and is committed to equality of treatment before the law, and respects individual privacy so we can each live the life we value.
Before I continue, it may be appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the past year, in a world that continues to beset by turbulence and anxiety, religious and racial conflict, economic upheaval, the threat of terrorism and the uncertainties of climate change. It is appropriate also to spare a thought for those members of the Australian Defence Forces and others currently serving our nation overseas in the endeavour to bring peace and understanding in war torn countries. I am sure the supreme efforts of the Australian Troops in Afghanistan left that country in better shape than when they arrived there. Australian troops are now assisting the people in Iraq, Iran and across the Middle East to restore democracy and freedom to those countries. Gratefully, in our country, Australians live together as one people in a nation blessed by political stability and a strong sense of goodwill and social harmony.
Many wonderful events took place around Australia during the past year and we all have a lot to be thankful for. We are indeed in many ways the 'Lucky Country'.
Nevertheless it was not all good news.
For the last two years as part of my Australia Day address I spoke of bushfires and other natural disasters across Australia and the wonderful contribution made by the many volunteers in the emergency services and others...Regrettably the fires have returned, this time again in South Australia and many of our neighbouring towns in our own region. A major bushfire spread from Sampson Flat through parts of the neighbouring Adelaide Hills uncontrollably and spread rapidly. Once again the courage and selfless efforts of the CFS, MFS, SA Police & other Emergency Services where outstanding. The generosity of South Australians in supporting those affected should not go unrecognised. I would also acknowledge the many other selfless volunteers who were able to bring these fires under control. I would take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to all these very brave and committed people who make us proud to be Australian... We are grateful for all your efforts and thank you all so very much.
Australia is a vast nation and you may be aware, last year areas of our great southern land in Western Queensland, Western NSW and upper SA continued to suffer the worst drought in their history. Thinking of the amazingly resilient Australians living in outback towns or on cattle stations and their connection to and love of the land, reminded me of the words of a friend of mine, local elder Mr John Rees. John recently published another book titled Songs And Poems From The Sacred Earth. John has given me permission to recite this poem to you titled....My Australia
I was born in this land of Australia
Terra Australis, the Great South Land
Set beneath the Southern Cross
An ancient land of ancient people Created in the far-off Dreamtime
Forty thousand years ago or more.
The colonists called it terra nullius
But we know better now
Those ancient people were caring and wise,
Managed and nurtured the land
Their beloved mother earth
Australia, their holy land
Convicts and drunken soldiers were sent
And in just two hundred years
We have almost brought it to ruin
Yet we have raised a skilful people
And caring volunteers of every kind
In Australia, this holy land
A red-earthed land a fragile land
With Flora and Forna unique
It has given me life
It has entered my soul
This Great South Land I call home:
Australia, my holy land.
Thank you John profound words indeed!
Australia Day is indeed a time to celebrate so many good things which have come our way. It is also a time to reflect on the past and realise that we can only be rewarded by our own efforts. In regards to the future, we all need to think of how we contribute as citizens within our community and society.
It is not good enough to just say "no worries" "blame others" and simply take what's on offer and put nothing back. This is just not the "Aussie" way.
I am confident the Australian spirit of "mate-ship" and giving people a fair go and lending a hand to others a little less fortunate than ourselves remains in the forefront of our minds and defines the spirit of our nation. Most importantly we should always treat people equally regardless of colour, nationality or religion and never promote bitterness and hate.
This practice is very much alive in our region and our State and there is considerable evidence of this.
In closing, I have been honoured to address you and thank you for listening. I trust you will enjoy the remainder of the program and the traditional Australia Day Breakfast.
If you are wondering where your rate money goes, the link below will take you to the Rates Build Communities Brochure.
I have always encouraged residents and others to contact me at any reasonable time to raise issues, provide feedback or just to express an opinion. I appreciate this and it keeps me in touch and on my toes.
In the past, my personal website has provided an opportunity to communicate directly with me and certainly when first introduced this seemed a very good means of communication and a good starting point.
However and subsequently, other communication methods became available to contact the Mayor and Council which I have encouraged including social media Facebook & Twitter, Email (both personal & council) and of course mobile phone or landline (my contact details are freely available) have since become the preferred method of communication by most.
I have always taken my role as a representative of the citizens of this region and continue to feel extremely honoured to be your Mayor. I have, and will continue to take any contact with you very seriously indeed and will continue to respond and take action where necessary on your behalf.
As a result of the obvious preferred contact preferences by most residents and others I am now considering shutting down the 'voice your opinion' section on my website. Council has now developed a system where Councillor's can now prepare an Elected Members Request (EMS) electronically on your behalf (no more forms to fill out), this is a very valuable tool and it works. This also means there is a record of requests made that can be tracked for progress etc and Councillors can prepare and easily follow up on requests at most times.
It is also important to note that Council's official website has been upgraded and it now has an expanded platform of information available and is very easy to navigate around for the information you may be looking for. I see no need for me to provide the same type of information on my website.
I trust this information is of value to you and I continue to encourage you to contact me at any reasonable time even if it's just for a chat..... Cheers!!! Mayor Bill
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