Apr 20

Milne, Arnold look for third terms

MILDURA Mayor Glenn Milne will run for the top post for a third term at Thursday night’s mayoral election.

Mildura Deputy Mayor John Arnold said he also intended to stand again as second in charge.

Mildura Rural City Councillors will vote for the positions on Thursday.

“There’s a number of projects we’re in the middle of and that I want to see through to completion,” Cr Milne said.

“We’ve also got a new CEO and I’d like to spend the next 12 months working with him, and just assisting him. I’m on various state-wide groups, so making sure Gerard (José) gets to meet all the right people, I think that’s really important.”

He listed several major projects for the Mildura region that he would like to see completed if in the mayoral chair for another 12 months.

“We’ve got the riverfront redevelopment, we’re still doing a business case on the motor sport program and we still have work to do in the older irrigated areas,” Cr Milne said.

“I’d like to see that complete and need another 12 months to do that, then I think I’d be happy then to go and have a normal life again.”

Cr Milne said the recent announcements by the State Government committing funds to the upgrade of the freight rail network and its commitment to extra passing lanes on the Calder Highway, between Ouyen and Mildura, were particular highlights.

Cr Arnold said he also wanted more time in his position to fulfill projects in the pipeline while working alongside Cr Milne.

“If nominated, I’ll run for deputy mayor,” Cr Arnold said.

“There’s a lot of things on the cards that I want to achieve and keep supporting those things.

“We need to finish the Langtree Avenue crossing to the riverfront, we’ve almost finished the drainage program. I do things my way and vote my way and that’s the way it is, and I listen to what people are saying, but sometimes you can’t do things to please everyone. It’s got to be practical, achievable and affordable.”

Cr Ali Cupper said she would not put up her hand for either leadership position because it would clash with her candidacy in the Victorian election.

“It wouldn’t be fair on the community and my colleagues,” she said.

Cr Cupper said it had never been her aspiration to win the support of her colleagues and stand for mayor or deputy mayor, but rather, her job on council was to identify the issues in Mildura and be a voice for them.

“If that means I don’t have the numbers (from the councillors), then I don’t have the numbers,” she said.

“For me standing up for issues within the community that I believe in strongly is always a priority.”

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