Our councillors look back on 2015: Cr Denise Ingram
What are your proudest moments as a councillor in 2015?
I find it difficult to choose a proudest moment. While I am proud to represent the community l am often proud of the many residents who work for the betterment of the region in various capacities.
Our council staff stand out for their dedication to their work and the pride they show as they carry out their tasks, as do volunteers across the region who, in so many different capacities, give freely of their time and talents.
The Anzac Service at Wallangarra, meetings with the Dalveen and Pratten communities, functions at various communities and school presentations, stand out as memorable moments.
This is a bittersweet time for me.
After 19 years serving the community as a councillor I have decided not to contest the election. While I look forward to spending time with family and having a holiday, I will miss the interaction with the community.
What would you liked to have done differently this year?
This year I have not felt the council has worked as cooperatively and consistently as I believe we had in the past.
Prior to the appointment of Council's current Chief Executive Officer, David Keenan, under the regime of the previous CEO, I believe there developed some dissention among councillors.
Despite efforts to heal the rifts there is still much work we all need to do to move on.
What would you like to see on the Granite Belt in 2016?
I would probably like to see opportunity for investment across the whole region.
I look forward to a successful Apple and Grape Harvest Festival and the Chamber of Commerce's "Snowflakes" promotion.
I also look forward to the Art Festival, which will be held at a different time than in the past, and to Jumpers and Jazz, Leyburn Sprints and the many other functions and events that attract people to our diverse region.