New council ready to get down to work

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and thank the people of the Snowy Monaro for placing their trust in me to serve on the recently elected council.

At last week’s inaugural council meeting, I was privileged to be elected Mayor by my fellow councillors. This is an honour I’m extremely humbled by, and I very much look forward to representing this fine region as its Mayor.

A little about me. I live on a farm near Michelago with my wife and we have two adult children. I’m an economist with 30 years’ experience advising the Commonwealth Government on a range of matters including: small business, energy, industry, the environment, regional development, tourism and transport.

In my time living in Michelago, I’ve come to love this great area and I’m fully committed to ensuring all towns and villages in the Snowy Monaro are given the voice they deserve. I want this council to focus on attracting investment, continue developing the region’s tourism industry, and support regional development.

The uniqueness of the Snowy Monaro is something to behold. The local government area covers about 15,162 square kilometres. This vast area runs from the ACT border to the Victorian border. We are fortunate to have diverse tourism, agriculture and timber industries. The region has enormous potential for growth, and together we can achieve many positive results.

I look forward to working with the new councillors to help improve the Snowy Monaro region. The 11 councillors are committed to working for the betterment of the entire region. Our first Ordinary Council Meeting last week was a great opportunity to come together and begin working for the people.

I would also like to congratulate Cr Lynley Miners on his election as Deputy Mayor. Over the coming weeks and months we, like all the councillors, are excited to meet many new faces as we travel throughout the Snowy Monaro.