Councillors' views - Luke Hutchinson

Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Luke Hutchinson.

City Limits Magazine Issue 45 April 2014 Front Cover

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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Local Government elections are in November this year, and as we commence the final months of this term of council I have spent some time reflecting on the past 3.5 years.

Firstly, time has certainly passed quickly, with many successes and challenges along the way. I have also thought about those of you who have contacted me with your issues and concerns; upon which I can honestly look back and feel I have served our community to the standard I would expect from a council representative.

Having a practical mindset as well as being in touch with community expectations have been crucial for me to make the ‘right’ decisions by you (although at times the final decision may not go that way).

I think this is the time to size up your council, are the representatives going in the direction you would expect? Have your representatives been there and supported you? These are the questions I asked myself before deciding to run, and I challenge you to do the same.

My platform was to deliver tangible benefits; there is now a solid plan for street tree planting and I still hold out for the verge and streetscape policy. I am also proud of my persistent role in establishing the Marion Heritage Research Centre, which for many years had been unsuccessful in securing a location and funding.

It has been an honour and a privilege to be your representative and if I choose to stand again I look forward to your support.

Councillor Luke Hutchinson