Council Elections - So long, farewell…

Say farewell to five councillors with a combined 47 years’ service who are retiring at this year's election.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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Five councillors with a combined 47 years’ service are retiring at the election. City Limits pays tribute to their dedication to the community.

Long-serving Warriparinga ward councillor Carol Bouwens is saying good-bye to Marion Council after 17 ½ years.

“I’ve loved every moment of representing the community but it’s time to leave and let someone else take the reins,” she said.

Cr Bouwens, who has twice served as deputy mayor, said her legacy will be the construction of the Marion Cultural Centre, the Heritage Centre, the Cove Civic Centre and support for the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. She also served as a board member of the Southern Region Waste Resources Authority.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Retired CouncillorsConstruction of the Cove Civic Centre and the Marion South Plan have been the key achievements of Coastal Ward’s Cr Cheryl Connor, who is retiring after also joining Marion Council in 1997.

“It has taken many years of hard work by many people to turn the library, enterprise and community centre at Hallett Cove into a reality,” Cr Connor said.

“With the accomplishment of the Cove Civic Centre and the work towards the Marion South Plan, now the time is right to leave.”

Cr Carolyn Habib has decided not to re-nominate for council after serving four “inspirational and rewarding” years representing Warracowie ward.

She said it had been a “privilege working with and for the residents” and had enjoyed meeting the many people who contributed to the community.

“I am proud of the big things we have achieved as a council such as seeing the wetlands come to fruition, master plans for our sports hubs and funding for various services as well as the less noticeable things such as improved individual streetscapes, politics that make our council run more effectively and fighting for efficiencies that benefit residents through lower rates,” she said.

Cr Kathleen Allen, who has served Southern Hills ward since 2010, has moved out of Marion and no longer standing for re-election.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to represent you and be your advocate,” Cr Allen said.

“I am grateful I was able to meet so many residents along the journey. I hope most of your expectations were met and I encourage you to vote in the upcoming election.”

Cr Alice Campbell said it was with a “heavy heart” that she finished her term as a councillor for Woodlands Ward after four years.

“After seeking to buy a house in Glandore and South Plympton (and coming in second twice) my partner and I finally bought a house outside of Marion,” Cr Campbell said. “I have enjoyed my time as your representative.”

Among her highlights on council had been the introduction of a new approach to managing community assets, buying land at South Plympton to turn into a park, and flying the rainbow flag at council during Feast Festival.

City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.