Dr Susan Rennie
David Clark emailed around the following text:
From today onwards you will receive your ballot papers in the mail to have your say on who takes on the role of President of the MAV on behalf of all of Victoria's 79 councils.
The MAV has had three Presidents in four years. There has also been several retirements at the board level at this election, meaning an experienced pair of hands for our sector is necessary to steer our peak body forward.
It is critical that we look to a candidate who understands the business of the MAV and who can deliver a clear, responsive and strategically astute pathway for the next two years.
My plan for the MAV is to work in the business, on the business and for the business.
There has never been a more important time to demonstrate why local councils are so important to their communities. As a peak body we must promote the great work we've done in managing COVID and the challenges cash strapped councils face in service delivery in the times ahead.
We need to re-write the MAV rules to ensure we have our representation model right and to ensure the MAV has a stable presidential election process.
Working on the business is about ensuring a respectful but most importantly independent relationship with the state. We've got to capture all the opportunities on offer as we head into the next State and Federal elections.
Working for the business is not just saying I'll get things done. It is about demonstrating it too. I've served on the MAV Board for six years including as Deputy President (Rural and Regional) for two terms, and as a Board member of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) for one term. I am a Councillor of 20 years with Pyrenees Shire and have been Mayor on five occasions.
I am independent and bring me with relationships at all levels of government, as well as the reputation of being about what is best for the sector, no matter the politics. I am one who thinks freely and is a very effective communicator.
Your support is critical to winning this election and taking on the President's role. I thank you for reading my email and hope to secure your support as our next MAV President.
0417 374 704
Andrew Munroe sent the following as well on Monday Feb 22
I seek your Council's first preference vote to be your Eastern Metropolitan Representative on the Municipal Association (MAV) Board.
While I have not previously been a MAV Board member I have demonstrated a commitment to the MAV through State Council on policy and attempting to bring about reforms.
During my more than 12 years on Council Whitehorse is the only Council of our group of five not to have held the Board position. There is an opportunity at this election to ensure all voices are heard.
During the term ahead I commit to regularly communicate with / visit each member Council and ensure two way communication with the MAV.
As one Council had raised with me, I will not seek a consecutive term as Mayor at Whitehorse to maximise my time for the regional role.
Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Mayor Andrew Munroe|
Councillor – Cootamundra Ward
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