“A thankless task” – three councillors retire

“A thankless task” – three councillors retire

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Deputy Mayor David Atwell is saying farewell after 10 years as a councillor for the SJ Shire. All three departing councillors were presented with a plaque at Monday’s council meeting. Photograph - SJ Shire

On Monday the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale acknowledged the contribution of three of its councillors who will hang up their hats at this Saturday’s election.

Cr David Atwell has been an elected councillor for a decade, and served as deputy mayor for six of those years.

In his farewell speech he acknowledged that the role had many ups and downs, leaving some nursing metaphorical bruises from clashing ideas and personalities.

But he said he was departing with a feeling of having done some good.

“I’d like to say it’s been an honour to serve the community,” he said.

“It’s sometimes been a thankless task … but in general it’s been a really good and worthwhile venture.”

Cr Michael Dagostino will also be vacating his position on council this Saturday after four years in the role. In that time, he has been a strong voice on the Equine Advisory Group.

“I’ve really enjoyed it – it’s been a real eye-opener,” he said.

“Most of all I’d like to thank the staff here who have been absolutely outstanding – so thorough and professional.”

And last but not least, Cr Dean Strautins will move on to other things after four years as a councillor for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

During his tenure, he has been a member of the Switch Your Thinking collaborative effort between the SJ Shire and the Cities of Armadale and Gosnells, and was chair of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group.

He used his exiting speech to encourage council to always seek new and exciting opportunities that give it a competitive edge, sets the shire apart and “improves the standard of living for all”.

“It’s been a privilege to serve you all,” he said.