Northern Midlands Council Deputy Mayor Richard Goss said today both major parties had made major commitments during the election campaign which had been a close battle between outgoing Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson and Labor’s Brian Mitchell.
“Council congratulates Mr Mitchell on his success and trusts that he will strongly represent the municipality in Federal Parliament during the term of the new Government,” Deputy Mayor Goss said.
“Council also wants to extend our commiserations to Mr Hutchinson and our heartfelt thank you for his work in seeking better outcomes for Lyons during his term as the Member for Lyons.
Deputy Mayor Goss said that both major parties had made firm commitments during the campaign to resolve the airport rates dispute.
“Both Labor and Mr Hutchinson agreed with Council that any rates considered outstanding by the Tasmanian Valuer General should be paid in full and to work to achieve either legislative change or a ministerial direction to ensure the Airport pays its due rates,” he said.
During the election campaign the Liberal Party also made commitments in relation to the Campbell Town War Memorial Oval Renewal Project while Labor made a commitment to secure funding for the Northern Midlands Fitness and Sports Centre.
“Council is the level of government closest to the people. We know the strength and resilience of this community and share in its challenges. We expect both parties to work together with Council to ensure these commitments are resolved to the benefit of the people of the municipality,” Deputy Mayor Goss said.