Best wishes to Streaky Bay's much-loved GP

IT has been another hectic three weeks with some good news surrounded by some sad news for our district.

As most would know by now, Dr Zeli has resigned to be closer to his young family in Naracoorte. It is not a decision he made lightly and I am sure we all understand how hard it must have been to have his family literally on the other side of the state.

I would like to thank him on behalf of our district for understanding our need and, having lived here before, coming back and helping our district. If only there were more GPs like him!

How lucky is Naracoorte to have him return? All the best mate. I am sure you will do your best to spread the word in the GP fraternity about the lovely community we have and how beautiful it is to live here.

Also leaving us is one of our longer serving council team members, Robyn Nottle, who has taken a role at the Whyalla City Council with a bigger team and budget, which she will be grateful to have after working with very restricted budgets and help here for a long time. Unfortunately that is the nature of the job when you have thousands of square kilometres and grounds to maintain with only a small revenue stream.

I wish Robyn and the girls all the best in this new and exciting chapter and thank her for all she did for the district.

Last week saw the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup visit our district and Kerrin and Cathy McEvoy, as usual, were very generous to again come and visit us. They attended the auction dinner in aid of the Kerrin McEvoy statue as well as visiting the school, hospital and old folks home with the cup. What a great ambassador he is for not only Streaky Bay but the EP.

The dinner and auction raised some $29,000 towards the sculpture; an excellent outcome that would not have been possible if not for the hard work by Sam, Tara and the committee.

TRAVIS BARBER

Streaky Bay District Council mayor