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I have been honoured and priviledged to serve as your Mayor for the past four years. It has been a remarkable and rewarding journey in which I have recieved wonderful encouragement and support from members of the community, plus community organisations, council staff and colleagues across all tiers of government.
The following is a 'snapshot' of my future direction and priorities:
28/8 Media Interview Bunyip Press Re Youth Issues
01/9 Media Interview Bunyip Press Re Zebra Crossings
01/9 Swearing-In Ceremony SA Governor The Hon Hieu Van Le AO, Adelaide Convention Centre
02/9 Meeting Kapunda Community Gallery Inc. Re Kidman Exhibition
16/9 Tourism Barossa Inc. Board Meeting Tanunda
17/9 Australian Citizenship Ceremony Kapunda
18/9 Rotary Achievers Awards Presentation Kapunda Primary School
19/9 Kapunda High School 10 Klm 'Walk For Help' Charity Fundraiser
21/9 Official Opening Kapunda Community Gallery
23/9 Pre-Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor CEO, GM's& Committee Chairs
23/9 Council Meeting.
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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
The Jam Factory Opening speech
Seppeltsfield Friday 25th July 2014
Be Consumed - Creative Collaborations from The Barossa
CEO Brian Parkes , distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen and of course all the Barossa food & wine producers and artists present .
A warm welcome to you all to this incredible space at historic Seppeltsfield in the beautiful Barossa. it is so nice to see so many familiar faces and be among friends and my peers. I am extremely honoured and humbled to have been asked to say a few words and provide an overview to various aspects of this collaboration and the Barossa connection. Nevertheless, I must say it is with great trepidation I stand here in front of you and please forgive me if if you see my knees knocking or if I make the odd mistake!
We are gathered here tonight to celebrate the Jam Factory's "Be Consumed - Creative Collaborations From The Barossa" which celebrates the Barossa region and the Jam Factory's new place within it. A collaboration and linking of renowned Barossa food and wine producers with leading Artists and Designers in a conceptual and practical relationship between food, wine, art & design. The backdrop to this is the outstanding Jam factory and living gallery here at historic Seppeltsfield.
I love the Barossa region and all that it stands for, however in accepting this task I was concerned about my background in the Arts and this specific project is somewhat limited and therefore I will leave the finer details of the exhibition to others to present.
Instead, I would like to talk about the value of what has been created in the context of tourism and the value this has to our rich culture and heritage along with the social fabric of the Barossa and what this means. Nonetheless I can say the exhibition itself will more likely highlight the stories and ethos of each business represented better than I can!
To set the scene, I would like to turn your mind to this wonderful Seppeltsfield Wine Estate, more likely the finest Winery in Australia and certainly one of the most historic. Seppeltsfield is now a home for the iconic JamFactory and the studio space for professional artisans working in a variety of media. Seppeltsfield was established in 1851 by Joseph Seppelt as a self sustainable farming property and even had it's own smokehouse and evidence of those past times remains evident today. It is interesting to note that tobacco was first planted here and vines were only planted after the tobacco crops failed. Thank goodness for that some might say.
￼Cordials were also produced here along with liqueurs for the Dutch company Bols. At the turn of the century Seppelts Winery was Australia's largest winery producing two million litres annually..... I know a little about this place as in a previous life I had the good fortune to be engaged as a tour guide and in retrospect probably one of the most enjoyable times in my life...... I just loved this place and it was a joy to come to work each day.
Barossa Be Consumed!!!....In the recent past the promotion featuring the haunting sounds of Nick Cave and "the tall handsome man in the dusty grey coat with the red right hand" changed the paradigms and heralded a brand new era in tourism promotion. A whole new perspective was introduced in connecting the fertile earth, highlighting traditional Barossa produce and fare and featured amazing graphics.
With this collaboration which compliments this promotion many talented food & wine producers in the Barossa are now linked with designers and artists giving a new point of view to many Barossa businesses.....I'm confident we are now consumed and this international award winning promotion will continue to demonstrate across the globe that the Barossa is a world class destination.
It's timely I mention that The Light Regional Council has joined forces with the Barossa Council as a joint major contributor to Barossa Tourism. The wider region and it's expanded tourism product clearly enhances the Barossa as a world class tourism destination. Visitors and tourists are generally unaware of Council boundaries and the extended region has introduced a wider range of extraordinary and meaningful experiences to enjoy. Where else in the world could you travel within a day and experience such a range of wonderful wine, food an expanding arts community and so much rich history. The built Heritage, Australia's Oldest Metal Mine, Anlaby Station, Kingsford Estate, Barossa Farmers Market, The Food Luddite, Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre, The High Performance Equine Centre the list goes on. For example, did you know there are seventeen double story buildings in Kapunda's Main Street? and how could I forget the Jam Factory. These experiences are supported by the many high quality restaurants, bakeries and coffee houses, Butcher shops and a jewel in the crown, world class accommodation and most of all warm and welcoming people.
Back to the present, the combination of premium food and wine and it's availability is not new and has a long and lustrous history in the Barossa and in some way the circle seems now somewhat complete with the addition of these artisans, winemakers and food producers linking with leading artists and designers. The Barossa can proudly celebrate the wonderful tapestry this creates and in harmony with the Barossa's cultural heritage... What is being presented here is at the cutting edge of forming collaborations and relationships with local businesses which is something the Barossa does so well.
In closing I would encourage everyone one of us to take a good look around our region and explore this amazing place where we live and work and consider thinking about how we can further engage and possibly implement measures to pass the baton on to our young people in order to continue to promote the rich heritage and great traditions of our forefathers. I would also take the opportunity to congratulate the organisers of the exhibition and Curator Adele Siluzas for their skills, foresight and vision, the Artists and the Food and Wine Producers for their incredible contribution...A special thank you also to the sponsors, without which events like this would not be possible. Well done to all involved. I feel blessed to play a small part in this ...... I trust you will all enjoy your experience and I thank you so much for listening!
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