BRIGHTON’S Mayor Tony Foster and Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran have been re-elected with increased personal votes in the October local government elections.
Tasmania’s longest-serving Mayor, Cr Foster secured a healthy 58 per cent of first preference votes in the Mayoral election, easily defeating Cr Phil Owen and Cr Leigh Gray. Cr Curran won just over 50 per cent of votes to secure the deputy’s position without the need for preferences.
Cr Foster said he was pleased with the voter turnout in the Brighton Municipality and also very humbled by his strong personal vote.
He said the secret to his longevity was old-fashioned budgeting and working as a team.
“I’ve always maintained councils have to be good financial managers, and we’ve established that at Brighton.
“The bottom line is that people don’t want to see rates go up by 12 per cent or more. They can accept rises in line with CPI and that what we do at Brighton where rates rose by a flat two per cent this financial year.”
Cr Foster thanked the community for voting for him and said he would use his new term in office to ensure promised major public infrastructure projects such as a new Brighton high school and the replacement Bridgewater Bridge to receive priority attention.
“I believe it is a strong demonstration that Brighton ratepayers are happy with the leadership, our progress and our past achievements,” he said.
“Our challenge is to continue this progress and make sure the Commonwealth and State Governments deliver the promised major infrastructure projects.
“I have worked hard to secure the new Brighton High School promise from the State Government and State and Federal Government commitments for the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge.
“I’ll now be working to see these projects delivered and well as securing other development for our community.”
Cr Foster said he believed his strong election result was as much a reflection of the Brighton team including elected Councillors, staff and expert consultants working for Council.
“I am privileged to be the leader of a very competent team that has the runs on the board and I thank them sincerely.
“Brighton has strong financial management, we’ve continued to improve Council services and facilities, and our fair rating regime keeps down rate increases and guarantees ratepayers the lowest household rates in Tasmania.”
Cr Foster said he was now looking forward to the next four years, working with the newly re-elected and newly elected Councillors and continuing to deliver for the people of the Brighton Municipality.
The Brighton Council election result: