New mayor keen to work with community

At the time of writing, on the Friday before you read this, I’m looking forward to celebrating my 70th birthday on my property in Lock, hopefully on the header.

For those of you who do not know me, I have been married to Joy for 48 years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

I have farmed in the Lock district for 50 years and am a practising Christian.

One of my passions, along with my wife, includes travelling.

I will need to curtail that over the next four years.

This is my first ‘Mayor’s Message’ having just been elected as mayor of the Elliston District Council.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the election whether candidates or voters.

The Elliston District Council recorded the second highest number of voters per capita which speaks to the importance and interest our community places on the council’s roles in our lives.

The last term of council was an important step forward for our organisation and I want to pay tribute to our outgoing chairman, Kym Callaghan for his work and contributions over that period.

I also want to thank every council member for their efforts and contribution, assisting in the journey this council has taken over recent years.

I also want to recognise the contribution of our outgoing chief executive officer, and new Cleve District Council mayor Phil Cameron.

We have welcomed four new councillors into our midst following the November election.

It is pleasing to have female representation and a younger people on the council.

The Elliston District Council is very diverse and one of my ambitions for the next four years is to ensure that as an organisation the council listens to, works with and continues to act in the interest of the community.

One of the great things about our council is we have direct contact with so many people and for those of you who do not know me or have never met me feel free to pick up the phone and have a chat with me.

MALCOLM HANCOCK

Elliston District Council mayor