Last night at Town Hall we celebrated the work of Councillors Jenny Green and John Mant and Deputy Lord Mayor Irene Doutney – they won’t be contesting election in September so we thanked them for their service last night.
John came to us with a national reputation as one of Australia’s leading thinkers on planning and local government. We were lucky to have him as part of the Independent team, with his clear thinking, vast knowledge and sardonic wit.
Jenny has been a terrific representative for her local community of Kings Cross-Potts Point, bringing a rich and varied background to the City that fed into her work – as deputy chair of the Cultural and Community Committee, co-chair of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, and alternate member of the CSPC.
Irene has played a terrific role at the City since she was first elected in 2008, and even more so as Deputy Lord Mayor since the death of Robyn Kemmis. As deputy chair of our Environment Committee, co-chair of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel and alternate member of the CSPC she made a valuable contribution.
It has been an often-bumpy ride this term, particularly with the prospect of forced amalgamations and the fight against monstrosities like WestConnex. I’m more grateful than I can say to have had such stalwarts on our Council, and though I am sorry to see them go, I know you’ll join me in thanking them and wishing them the very best for their futures.