Goulburn Mulwaree mayor, Cr Bob Kirk, has been on the council for the last 13 years, five of them as mayor, and - on the eve of the council election tomorrow - feels like he can look back with pride on what has been achieved.
"It has been a very progressive and cohesive team effort that has allowed us to enjoy the wonderful outcomes achieved over this term, and I'm proud to have been in this leadership position throughout," Cr Kirk said.
"It is good that we have 17 candidates seeking to represent Goulburn Mulwaree residents, and to make all the important decisions over the coming council term.
"Please encourage your friends and colleagues to choose wisely, and I certainly want to be among that number, and to continue to represent this community as mayor.
"And most important to note that more and more residents are now happy to skite about coming from Goulburn Mulwaree!"
Among the council's most substantial recent achievements he lists the Aquatic Centre redevelopment, the Performing Arts Centre, the Waste Water Treatment Facility and recyled water irrigation system, walking tracks along the Wollondilly and Mulwaree rivers, Riverside Park and Adventure Playground, and record spending on roads and bridges.
"That's just off the top of my head - and the credit for all this goes to all at council," he said.
"These are just some of the reasons why people are wanting to skite about living in Goulburn Mulwaree, and why I want to continue to lead the council into our very exciting future."
Cr Kirk was born and bred in Goulburn and has lived here for much of his life, working for the Commonwealth Bank for 31 years and then as secretary manager of the Goulburn Golf Club.
He's had a long association with Goulburn Rugby League, where he has a life membership, and also served as secretary for Convoy for Kids, as president of the West Goulburn Bushland Reserve Group and is chairman of the Goulburn-Crookwell Rail Trail.
Among hot button issues, he named the Wakefield Park expansion and the waste incinerator project at Tarago.
"Wakefield Park is and has been a very valued part of this community for a long time and I want to see it stay that way," he said.
"I will continue to support their activities here and certainly hope that an acceptable outcome can be reached to satisfy their needs, as well as those of the neighbours.
"The waste incinerator project at Tarago presents a different issue, and I absolutely agree with the councils' position and will not support such a development where there is any risk to human, animal, or environmental health."
Coming up, he pointed to some newer projects as priorities, such as the North Goulburn Industrial Precinct, the Waste Management Facility upgrade and infrastructure to accommodate expected residential growth.
"That will potentially include a link road from the north to the south to connect into the projected urban growth areas and ease traffic flows, while at the same time providing the long awaited second access into the Run O Waters area," he said.
"A completely new and modern sewerage treatment plant is to be built to address the rapid growth occurring in Marulan, to be followed by a major upgrade of the town water supply.
"In sport, I'm looking forward to completion of the new regional hockey facility and resurfacing of the netball courts at Carr Confoy, where plans are also in place for a new pavilion and additional changerooms.
"Another similar pavilion and changerooms to meet the increasing number of female participants, is also planned for Junior Rugby League at North Park."
Voters go to the polls tomorrow, Saturday, December 4, for the local government elections.
For a full rundown of candidates and more details got to: Runners line up in council field as time ticks down to election
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