by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Wattle Range Council 2014 was officially sworn in last night, Tuesday, at the Gallery in Millicent. A meet and greet for councilors and family hosted by council began at 5-00 pm followed by the official swearing in.
It was a time for proud family and friends to gather and celebrate, as did newly elected Cr Dennis Muhovics’ family, whose wife Pat is a former Wattle Range Councilor and son Jamie and family were very proud to witness the event.
CEO Peter Hariott officiated the beginning of the ceremony. followed by the swearing in of Mayor Peter Gandolfi who then received the councilors from the four wards of Wattle Range.
In alphabetical order councilors read and signed their pledge before the attending Justice of the Peace
Councilors Dean Burrows Riddoch Ward, Sharon Cox Corcoran Ward, John Drew Corcoran Ward, Peter Dunnicliffe Kintore Ward, Rob Dycer Sorby Adams Ward, Gwenda Lawlor Corcoran Ward, Dennis Muhovics Corcoran Ward, Dale Price Sorby Adams Ward, Kevin McGrath Kintore Ward, and Rob Thornett Riddoch Ward. Glenn Brown sent an apology and will sworn in at the next council meeting.
The Mayor said that he believed all councilors were keen and eager to begin their work in the wonderful region of the Wattle Range which consists of 13 communities and approximately 12,500 people.
Cr. Rob Thornett, Riddoch Ward, said being on council meant he would try to represent the people who elected him, and also those who did not. He’d like to see council move on past some of the current bigger projects, like the Penola By-Pass, that have been such a large part of the past 4 years and some of council’s future work would be to bring additional awareness to state and federal governments, the needs of regional councils.
Newly elected and forerunner in the Corcoran Ward election, Cr.Dennis Muhovics said he is very happy to be elected and felt it was an honour to represent his community.
“I think Millicent has missed out in some areas in recent years and I think it is time to spend money ‘in town’. Big differences can be made with relatively small amounts of money and I want to see this happen. For example I think we need better signage in town, a sign out side of the Civic and Arts Centre listing coming events, seats in Jubilee Park and I think that with new eyes in council, we can make this and much more happen.”
Cr.Rob Dycer said he is honored to serve in Sorby Adams again with Cr.Dale Price and will continue to be available to the people of his ward and the wider community, representing their needs and concerns.
Cr.Peter Dunnicliffe, re-elected to council, but in Kintore Ward this year, said he is available on a daily basis to the people of Kintore since buying a business in Beachport. He said he is excited about the next four years.
“The people of Kintore Ward are involved in their local environment and are all keen to keep up this involvement. I will spend more waking hours in Kintore due to my new business and am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people in this ward with fellow councilor Kevin McGrath, retired veterinarian, whose first bid for council saw him earn an impressive amount of support from the Kintore Ward constituents.
Corcoran Ward Councilors are Dennis Muhovics, John Drew, Sharon Cox, Glenn Brown and Gwenda Lawlor. The five councilors were succussful in the vote with 10 vying for 5 positions.
Kintore Ward successful candidates are Kevin McGrath and Peter Dunnicliffe. Riddoch Ward Rob Thornett and Dean Burrow were the successful two in a three candidate race.
Sorby Adams Rob Dycer and Dale Price were elected unopposed.
Some of the councilors and council staff are supporting ‘Movember’, a campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health; they were sporting a variety of upper lip growth at the event and created some complimentary comments and some not so, but all was in fun and for a good cause.