Longest serving councillor welcomes McMillan's bid
VETERAN Councillor Stephen Schwarten has enthusiastically welcomed Michael McMillan's announcement that he will be contesting the mayoralty at the March 2016 Council elections.
Cr Schwarten said he had met with Mr McMillan several times already and was most impressed by his vast experience in both the public and private sectors.
He said he was excited by his plans to lead a Council dedicated to working with other levels of government and the private sector to attract new economic growth to the region particularly in the small business sector.
"I have long held the belief that much more should be done to provide local youth with local job opportunities with a variety of employment options.
"My well-honed political instinct tells me Mr McMillan stands out as the candidate who has the ability to harness the Council's capacity to assist in the delivery of this and other economic growth initiatives."
Cr Schwarten said he would strongly consider standing for re-election as a member of a team led by Mr McMillan on the clear proviso of preserving the existing Council day labour system and better oversight of any outside contractors to ensure there is maximum return for ratepayers.
Cr Schwarten said if re-elected he will continue his long standing commitment to grassroots representation for every day citizens.
"I will uphold the same principle I have held since the first day I walked into the Town Hall to provide personal and confidential assistance to all who ask for my help with bona fide council issues and concerns."
Cr Schwarten said he is reinvigorated by Mr McMillan's decision to participate in local government.
"I think Michael has much to offer our community and in the lead up to the elections I will be doing my best to spread this message.
"In my opinion the change Michael McMillan offers is long overdue", Cr Schwarten said.