1 June 2021|Community News| Off Comments off on BEC THOMAS TO CONTEST MAYORAL BY-ELECTION|

ACTING Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas will contest the upcoming by-election for Mayor made vacant by Kristie Johnston winning a seat in the Tasmanian Parliament.

Alderman Thomas has the support of Ms Johnston, who said the Acting Mayor had demonstrated she was passionate about the Glenorchy community and was a highly capable leader.

“Acting Mayor Thomas has taken on the role over the past six weeks with ease and grace,” Ms Johnston said.

“From the start of her term on council, Alderman Thomas demonstrated she was not afraid to ask difficult questions and suggest alternative approaches to ensure the best outcomes for our community.

“She is loyal, trustworthy and responsive and well equipped to lead the Glenorchy community into the future.

“Alderman Thomas has good relationships in the community, is well respected within council and across all levels of Government and will do a fine job if elected.”

Alderman Thomas said her loyalty to the community and commitment to continue driving the shift towards a vibrant city motivated her to run for Mayor.

“I have lived in Glenorchy for all 37 years of my life,” Ms Thomas said.

“I went to school here, worked in my first jobs here and settled here with my husband, Ross.

“I truly know the people of Glenorchy. I’m one of them and I genuinely represent their interests.”

Alderman Thomas said she wanted to continue to build on the good things happening in Glenorchy right now.

“I am passionate about Glenorchy being the best it can be and I am truly excited about the future of our city.

“We have a $1.9 billion development pipeline to be delivered over the next ten years and there’s a real feeling that Glenorchy is the place to live and invest. In short, Glenorchy is a great place to live now and will be into the future.”

Alderman Thomas highlighted the urban renewal projects in the Moonah and Glenorchy retail strips and the development of the Chapel St Dog Park as achievements of the council she has been a member of as Alderman, Deputy Mayor and now Acting Mayor.

Alderman Thomas also noted her positive relationships in the community and across all levels of Government as key to being able to achieve outcomes for the Glenorchy community.

“My focus will be on working constructively with the State and Federal Governments, neighbouring councils, businesses and not-for-profit organisations in our community to deliver sustainable outcomes for the people of Glenorchy.

“If elected Mayor, I will continue to build on the stable pathways that have been the focus of the current council. My leadership will be steady but purposeful.

“We are in a good place now, and I am proud of that, but there is so much more to be done in roads and footpaths, waste services, economic and community development.

“I know the challenges and opportunities ahead for our council and community and am well placed to address them.”

Ms Johnston said the Glenorchy community would be well served should they elect the Acting Mayor to the role on a permanent basis.

“Council needs a new generation of fresh leaders ready to grasp the opportunities that the future holds for Glenorchy and Acting Mayor Thomas is the right person to do just that,” she said.

Alderman Thomas is politically independent and has never been a member of a political party.

“I am genuine, approachable and responsive. I offer stability and dedication to the people of Glenorchy if I am given the honour of representing them as Mayor,” she said.

A postal vote for the by-election will occur from 22 June – 20 July 2021.

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