Jul 18

New mayors outline vision

New West Tamar Mayor Christina HolmdahlCOUNCILS on both sides of the Tamar River underwent a reshuffle in last week’s local government elections.

Former deputy mayor Christina Holmdahl became the West Tamar Council’s first ever female Mayor in a strong display of 53.77 per cent of the mayoral vote and 969 primary votes.

“Obviously I feel very honoured that the people of the West Tamar chose me as their mayor – Barry Easther’s shoes are going to be really, really hard to fill.

“I’ll always be honest, won’t promise anything I can’t deliver, and I will always listen to the community.”

Cr Holmdahl said she would focus on improving infrastructure further north of the river, following the success of the Windsor Community Precinct.

Cr Joy Allen will support Cr Holmdahl in the role of deputy mayor. Cr Allen also thanked the community for its support.

“I will remember at all times that I was elected by this community and to represent them I need to ensure they are involved in many of the council’s processes.” She said her focus would be on walking the community through bureaucratic procedures and ensuring the council remained financially viable while addressing the needs of areas lacking in basic facilities like footpaths and drainage.

The George Town Council will be led by Cr Bridget Archer, who said she looked forward to working with the combination of new and incumbent councillors.

One of the first decisions of the new council will be to appoint a new general manager.

“One of the first things will be to reengage with the community and rebuild trust and confidence between the community and the council,” Cr Archer said.

Cr Tim Harris will serve as deputy mayor.

It will be the first time the long-time George Town resident has worked in local government.

“I wanted to run for council because of the way things were being run – it was divisive and secretive,” Cr Harris said.

He said he would focus on bringing more tourists to the area.

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