Our councillors look back on 2015: Cr Vic Pennisi
What are your proudest moments as a councillor from 2015?
I think that there are a number of milestones that rate as important in my life.
Being appointed chair of Regional Development Australia Darling Downs and South West by the Deputy Prime Minister and the associated meetings with him, which help influence policy and decisions in relation to our regional dreams and aspirations, would have to rate a mention. Bringing the Stanthorpe Sports Association debate to a conclusion was also rewarding.
The additions to my family without a doubt are the proudest moments, however being able to represent the people of Southern Downs every day is very humbling and rewarding and one that I will hold dear forever.
What would have you liked to have done differently this year?
I am very conscious that my role is to get the best outcome I can for the people I represent. Not being able to represent them in a democratic and transparent fashion is always frustrating.
Clearly 2015 has demonstrated to me that we as a local a government are certainly not in touch with the people we are meant to represent.
What would you like to see happen on the Granite Belt in 2016?
Obviously I would like to see The Emu Swamp Dam project funded.
I will be standing for election in 2016 and in the meantime I will continue to advocate strongly for the people we are meant to serve. If elected, I will continue to travel the length and breadth of this region regularly keeping in touch with the people I am meant to serve, taking their issues to the table and advocating on those issues on their behalf as I have in the past.
I am very conscious that my campaign begins the day after the election and at the election over 18,000 people will sit on my review panel and pass judgment. If I haven't delivered on their behalf they will tell me and I will live with the consequence.