T he Minister for Local Government, Mr Peter Gutwein, has today advised me that he has suspended all Glenorchy City Council aldermen.
Let me be clear – for the protection of the community this is the right thing to do.
It has been a privilege to serve this community as their Mayor. My paramount concern has always been the best interest of the community and serving them. I made a promise to improve transparency and accountability at Glenorchy City Council and today’s suspension is another step in this journey. I will not rest until the job is done and the community can have confidence in its Council again.
Deputy Mayor Harry Quick said last week that I had drawn a line in the sand and indeed I have. That line is transparency, accountability, due diligence and good governance and I’m not going to negotiate on that because the community deserves nothing less.
It would have been very easy to just be the kind of Mayor who opened things, kissed babies and rubber-stamped decisions. But that was not the right thing to do. And faced with the choice, I don’t regret for a minute doing what was right and not what was easy.
I’d like to acknowledge that I have not stood alone on this journey and thank my colleagues, Matt Stevenson and Jan Dunsby, for their support and hard work. However, most of all, I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Glenorchy community who have time and time again supported and encouraged me.
Once this process has run its course and with the community’s continued support I hope to take the reigns as Mayor and led my community once again.