Newly re-elected Edward River Council Mayor, Peta Betts and Deputy Mayor, Paul Fellows say they are more determined than ever to build on the positive momentum generated in previous years.
They pair sat down to discuss their plans and priorities for the next 12 months, highlighting the importance of economic growth, community engagement, and building a strong, diverse council for the future.
“Economic growth is definitely a cornerstone of our vision for Edward River,” said Mayor Betts.
“We’ve got some exciting plans to attract investment into our community, and our growth strategy will take centre stage in our activities over the coming year. Having a strong and diverse economy will help us mitigate the risk our community is facing over the issue of water buybacks and create more opportunities for everyone.”
Mayor Betts says community involvement in Council’s projects, particularly in the Growth Strategy Advisory Committee, which will play a key role in Council’s flagship project for 2023/24, was crucial.
“We have a wonderful community here, and external support will be invaluable as we move forward with our economic growth strategy. Collaboration is key, and I am excited to see what we can achieve together.”
She said the next 12 months were of vital importance for the Council’s Edward River Village project.
“We have a lot to do in a short space of time. Stage 1 of Edward River Village is nearly completed, but there is still much to accomplish. The next 12 months are going to be
critical, and I am confident that they will also be very exciting,” she said.
“We need to keep focused on the fact that our community is overwhelmingly supportive and positive of our efforts in Council. Good governance is the norm here – we are stringently regulated and our decisions benefit from strong leadership and robust debate amongst our Councillors.
“Due to that good governance, and strong performance from our CEO, our community is in a good position with a lot to be thankful for. We are developing new projects and making ambitious plans for the future, something that is the envy of many other regions. I love
where I live – and I want to make it the best place possible for every one of our residents.”