Tuesday 12 August 2008

Four months since the election

Mayor Val Schier writes on her Cairns 1st blog...
  • Oh dear. The Cairns1st website has been severely neglected as we get down to business with the new Cairns Regional Council. There's been much happening: we've delivered a very tough budget, got up to speed with the internal processes of Council, continue to attend numerous functions and events, respond to constituent issues, plan for the future.

    Diane Forsyth and Kirsten Lesina are both loving being councillors and have been working hard. Kirsten has bought herself a bicycle and has been going out for Friday lunchtime rides with Council staff to see first hand the priority areas for bikeways. Di has been great at listening to people who have had long-standing issues and doing all she can to resolve their concerns.

    I have kept up the energy and enthusiasm despite not having a break for a very long time. Media guru Gary Schofield described me as "gracious and determined" in his farewell article in the Post and that determination to make a real difference in our region is firmly at the forefront of what I do.

    I have been slowed down emotionally following the death of my oldest brother in Tasmania; sadly occurring only 8 months since my mother lost her battle with cancer. And then the unexpected news that my son James has proposed to his girlfriend Kim and will marry next year. So it's been a time of celebration, mourning, delight and hope in the midst of all those daily activities that is what life is all about.

    And we will get this website updated at some stage!

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