Barber retained as Streaky Bay mayor

COUNCIL LEADERS: Travis Barber has been retained as Streaky Bay District Council mayor and Philip Wheaton as the deputy mayor. Picture: Luca Cetta
COUNCIL LEADERS: Travis Barber has been retained as Streaky Bay District Council mayor and Philip Wheaton as the deputy mayor. Picture: Luca Cetta

Travis Barber will continue as the mayor of the Streaky Bay District Council after being voted into the role.

The new council had its first meeting last Thursday where Mr Barber was retained as mayor, having first been appointed in late 2016.

Mr Barber said it was a sign the council was heading in the right direction.

“It’s a bit overwhelming to be honest,” he said.

“Personally, I think I listen to the elected members, and most importantly, to the community and try to get the best outcome for the community – and that’s all you can do as the mayor.

“You are the voice of the community and I think the community feels the council is supporting them.”

Also retaining his role was deputy mayor Philip Wheaton.

Mr Barber and Mr Wheaton were elected to the new council at last month’s local government elections alongside returning councillors Graham Gunn, Peter Hackett, Lauren Karp and Neville Trezona, as well as newcomers Trudy McGowan and Clifford Pudney.

“The new council is a really good mix,” Mr Barber said.

“We have got an ex-accountant on board in Cliff Pudney and then Trudy McGowan is an oyster association representative, also has an accounting and marketing background, and runs her own tourism business.

“We are in good hands with every aspect, and have brought in some good assets.”

Mr Barber said the council wanted to see through the “several big projects” it already had in place.

He said recruiting doctors for Streaky Bay inside this four-year term was also a major goal, as was securing more funding for projects and continuing to work with the community.

“We want to finish what we have started, like the $5.2 million caravan park upgrade where there’s more cabins to put in, the Bay Road upgrade which is in its infancy and we’ve got power going underground,” Mr Barber said.

“Securing two doctors for the town is a big one for us, and the incorporated board are doing a great job with the medical clinic.

“I think we all want to see these jobs finished.”