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Maddison looks back on first year at council's helm

Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison believes his council has closed the book on a successful first year at the helm.

TRENT HORNEMAN December 24, 2013 4:22am

Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison.


Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison believes his council has closed the book on a successful first year at the helm.

Cr Maddison said the group of nine councillors had developed into a strong team, working on opening pathways of communication with the community.

This month, Campaspe Shire opened the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, one of the final acts of its $15.2 million Port of Echuca Revitalisation project.

Cr Maddison said councillors would now look to support applications to fund the second stage of the redevelopment.

As well as securing funding for the stage two development, Cr Maddison said he would like to see planning on a second river crossing at Echuca-Moama progress, as well as plans for a consolidated school in Echuca’s west.

Cr Maddison said getting a Victorian Government commitment to have a new bridge in the state government’s forward budget estimates would be a priority.

Financial responsibility was central to this year’s budget, with council ramping up its capital works program and closing its asset renewal gap.

Curbing rate rises, which had been about 6 per cent annually, had been on the council’s agenda during the second half of the year.

Cr Maddison said Campaspe Shire was focused on providing as many services as possible.

‘‘It is a balance between what you can provide and what you can afford,’’ he said.

‘‘You have to be aware of your limitations.’’

Cr Maddison said councillors would approach the 2014-15 budget with affordability and efficiency clearly at front of mind.

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