Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green finishes up

CLOSED: Bruce Green brings the gavel down one more time to close his last council meeting as Port Lincoln mayor.
CLOSED: Bruce Green brings the gavel down one more time to close his last council meeting as Port Lincoln mayor.

Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green brought the gavel down for the last time on Monday evening as he closed his final council meeting as mayor.

Mr Green, who has served eight years as mayor ends his official duties this week after electing not to contend for the position in this year’s local government elections.

The council held its final meeting on Monday evening, which was also the final one for councillors Danny Bartlett, Graham Mantle and deputy mayor Neville Starke who are all also not renominating.

Mr Green said there were mixed emotions in bringing his last meeting as mayor to a close.

“Obviously some sadness as it was an end of an era for myself and this council, but also a high degree of satisfaction with what the last two councils, where I was mayor, have been able to achieve,” he said.

“There was also appreciation for the support I had received from this community.”

In his final report to council, Mr Green highlighted some of the council’s achievements during his time as mayor.

These include improved storm water systems, replacement of the London Street Bridge, the tourism focus with the Visitor Information Centre and cruise ship program and the works on the Heritage and Parnkalla trails.

Mr Green said the biggest achievement for him was securing the future of the indoor swimming centre with its purchase and renovation.

“We knew the arrangements we had would come to an end in 2016 and we had to plan on how to maintain an indoor pool in Port Lincoln,” he said.

“The end result was really good.

“It was something the community was a bit divided on as it was an expensive facility but it was a regional facility that needed to be refreshed.”

In his report Mr Green addressed the projects that the council have still to do going forward.

These were work on the Parnkalla Trail from the Port Lincoln Hotel to Axel Stenross boardwalk, consolidation of the library, Visitor Information Centre and council administration and boundary reform.

For those who will be successfully nominated to council he provided advice including thoroughly reading and understanding council reports, be polite and respectful in the chamber and enjoy representing the community.