Cr Sam Aziz
During Spring I made the keynote speech at the Australia and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Forum on behalf of the City of Casey.
I spoke about how Casey builds resilience in our community to ensure that our residents cope with, and respond to, disasters and emergencies.
Once again Casey is leading the sector as Victoria’s largest municipality, in delivering best practice to ensure our residents are safe and secure.
Fountain Gate Cricket and Football Clubs
Local sporting clubs are the foundations of our community. They bring neighbours and friends together in spirited competition and they promote healthy lifestyles and a teamwork approach for our kids.
I am delighted to support the Fountain Gate Cricket and Football clubs to build a new pavilion to serve their existing members and accommodate future growth. They are great clubs run by wonderful community members.
Another new church in Casey
Recently I moved a motion to approve a planning permit for the construction of a new church in the name of St Mary the Ever Virgin Mother of God, for the Syrian Orthodox community.
I believed strongly that the application was meritorious from a planning perspective, and outstanding from a city development perspective.
I thank the many members of the Syrian Orthodox community who came to observe the debate and vote. They are a persecuted Christian community that has suffered horrendous atrocities at the hands of ISIL in Syria, and they deserve our support. I am sure this industrious and law-abiding community will bring so much benefit to Casey.
He Leads Project
I am honoured to have been chosen to write a chapter about exemplary leadership and in particular, how that impacted the City of Casey.
I wrote about Bunjil Place and overseeing the development, completion and financial structuring of a $125 million civic and cultural precinct, the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by local government in Australia. I also wrote about its financial model which reduced borrowing liability from $95 million over a 30-year loan, to $60 million over a nine year loan.
My take on leadership is that the world is full of exciting possibilities so be optimistic and know that success awaits you. See the obstacles in your path not as a hinderance, but as opportunities to jump higher and higher. You will have a probable future if you do nothing, a possible future if you do something, but if you relentlessly chase a dream, you can make even the impossible, possible. Bunjil Place is a case in point of delivering the impossible.
Cr Rex Flannery
Some residents of the Springfield Ward would only know me not as a Councillor but as a theatre technician for a private hospital in Berwick.
I have no doubt I may of have helped you or one of your family members onto the operating table or even sang you a song or told you a bad joke. My reason for stating this is, both my Council work and my hospital work go hand in hand.
It is about caring for your needs and listening to your concerns by trying to get the right outcome for you.
As I am half way into a four-year term on Council, I will promise you as I did before I was elected, that I will not waste your money when making decisions on your behalf.
To everyone I have come into contact with over the past two years, I cannot thank you enough for your support.
Once again to every person that has volunteered their services over the past twelve months, may I take this opportunity once again to thank you, and may you all take care over the Christmas break, stay safe, enjoy your time with family and remember I am only a phone call away.
Regards, Cr Rex Flannery.