BRIGHTON has re-elected its long-time Mayor and councillor Tony Foster in last month’s local government elections. Ratepayers have also elected their very first female deputy mayor, Barbara Curran, who is also a long-time councilor.
Tony Foster said he was humbled to be re-elected for another term, and to continue to lead a progressive, innovative and financially responsible council (Mayor’s column).
“I thank ratepayers for the support they have given to me and to the other members of our Council. I also congratulate our new deputy Mayor, Barbara Curran and look forward to working with her to continue to grow on the good work that has already been achieved,” Cr Foster said.
“At the same time I would like to sincerely thank Geoff Taylor for his work on council as the former Deputy Mayor. Geoff chose not to stand for the position this election but will continue to work hard as a councillor.
“The Council elected in October will serve for four years and this promises to be a very important time for Brighton as we look forward to continued growth and development in all areas of our community.”
Barbara Curran, who owns the Brighton Post Office, having bought the licence 14 years ago, has been on Council since the late 90s and said she was looking forward to her new position.
“I am very keen to see more progress in the Brighton township to make it more people friendly and to encourage local businesses to work together to promote what they are doing.
“I have established a business group following the business sessions we had in the municipality last year after the opening the Brighton bypass. Our new group has already met and will continue to meet to discuss issues and projects of mutual concern,” Barbara said.
In her job as postmistress, Barbara said she had great interaction with the community.
“People come in and talk about council issues and what’s going on in the neighbourhood all the time. It’s a great barometer for community thinking and also a great way for people to get their points of view across to council.
“At the same time we have an excellent council and wonderful staff and we are achieving much for our community.
“I am particularly pleased that Tony Foster has been re-elected as he has great vision and the will to get things done. We need people who are leaders and look at the big picture issues as Tony does. At the same time, I would also like to thank the Brighton Municipality for putting its faith in me. I promise to continue to work hard on behalf of Brighton and I look forward to working with Tony and our council on the many issues that confront our community,” Barbara said.
The new council is:
Tony Foster (Mayor), Barbara Curran (Deputy Mayor), Wayne Garlick, Peter Geard, Leigh Gray, Moya Jeffries, Sonya Williams, Phil Owen and Geoff Taylor.