Doug Chipman re-elected as Mayor in local council election

DOUG Chipman has been re-elected for his third term serving as Clarence Mayor following the recent local government elections held across the state.

Mayor Chipman secured 56.06 per cent of the vote, defeating former MLC Tony Mulder, who received 43.95 per cent.

Heather Chong was elected as Deputy Mayor with 50.23 per cent, narrowly defeating James Walker with 49.77 per cent.

Mayor Chipman, who was first elected to the position in 2011, said he was “honoured and privileged” to be re-elected as Clarence Mayor.

“It is a job that I love so much, but also one that the community has put a lot of trust in me to do properly,” he said.

“So, I look forward to meeting that challenge and working with both my new and returning colleagues.

“I’m excited about the new council and believe it has the potential to be a very strong one.

“With six new faces around the table – albeit two who have served some time ago – our first priority is to ensure that the new council can settle down, develop its business activities and establish itself so we can have a mature debate about the issues that come forward.”

In addition to Mayor Chipman and Deputy Mayor Heather Chong, other elected alderman were Tony Mulder, Beth Warren, Richard James, Wendy Kennedy, Dean Ewington, Sharyn von Bertouch, Luke Edmunds, James Walker, John Peers and Brendan Blomeley.

Mayor Chipman said the election campaign had been a difficult one.

“There was more competition than we’ve had in the past and I think some of the issues that emerged were challenging,” he said.

“There is no doubt that Clarence City Council needs to do better in terms of how it is regarded with community consultation and engagement.

“The old council recognised that and initiated a review into how it might address this and I look forward to seeing the report go to the new council, as I’m sure it’s on their minds too.

“One of my main aims by the end of this four-year term is to see Clarence City Council be regarded as one of the best councils in Tasmania in regards to community engagement and consultation.”

The community consultation and engagement report is expected to be tabled before Council in early 2019.

Looking to the future, Mayor Chipman said a number of “exciting challenges” faced Clarence including population growth, transport, increased demand for sporting facilities and climate change.

He said this was a “tremendous time” to be in Clarence.

“Clarence is a really exciting place and we have a reputation for being a recreational city and a great place to live, work and play – we need to ensure it continues to have that reputation,” he said.

Caption: Re-elected Mayor Doug Chipman out the front of the Clarence City Council offices.