Mayor to run for presidency

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam will run for presidency at the upcoming Local Government Association of Tasmania elections.

LGAT. Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam believes the region can only benefit if a representative is elected on the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

That is why for the past two years he has sat as the vice-president, and as a result been on the Australian Local Government Association board.

Now, he is ready to take the next step.

Cr Quilliam will put himself forward for the top job when nominations open in September.

With the current president – West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther giving notice – Cr Quilliam said he made his intentions heard at the LGAT conference in Hobart last week.

He will be joined by three councillors in the running: Burnie Mayor Steve Kons, Clarence Mayor/Alderman Doug Chipman and Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis.

But, he expects more will stand.

“I think its important for people in regional areas get involved in these things,” he said.

“You do get a voice in every part of local government and you do see a lot more.”

With 28 councils across Tasmania each providing a vote, Cr Quilliam said he would wait and see what happens at the LGAT election at the end of October.

At last week’s conference, Cr Quilliam said all councils voted unanimously to seek funding from the state government for weed management through Parks and Wildlife Service.

He said the Stanley Nut Reserve was a notable area that needed attention, with hopes that possible funding would appease community concerns about thistle and gorse at the tourist spot.

Cr Quilliam said he attends LGAT meetings four times yearly.

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