Retirement from Hindmarsh Shire Council
As the current Council term comes to an end, I want to write and acknowledge the work
that Hindmarsh Shire Council has undertaken in recent years to improve the amenity of
Dimboola. A lot of work has been undertaken to improve the infrastructure of our town and
I appreciate the support my fellow councillors have provided to make that happen.
A number of relatively large works still need to be undertaken before the town reaches a
suitable standard. Completion of a number of streets, kerb and channel and footpath in the
central town grid should be a priority, as should be the replacement of the change-rooms
and pavilion in the Dimboola Recreation Reserve. The challenge for the community is to
maintain pressure on Council to ensure that these significant works are prioritised and
funded, sooner rather than later, because the creation of a more desirable environment is
what will motivate people to live and visit here.
Soon the community will have the opportunity to elect a new Council. Dimboola will be
best served by electing representatives with a passion for our community, but who can also
work co-operatively and in a balanced way with their fellow councillors.
I am retiring from Council at this year’s election. I thank the people of Dimboola and District
for the privilege of representing you over the last eight years. No doubt I have failed people
at some stage, but please know that I have always endeavoured to do my best for you given
the constraints that time, energy and other commitments often present.
In the event that Cr Nelson decides to re-nominate for election, I encourage you to give her
the opportunity to continue serving the East Ward. She is a passionate advocate for
Dimboola and for fair and reasonable Council decisions and outcomes. I particularly want to
acknowledge the commitment and dedication shown by Cr Nelson, and Cr Wendy Robins in
the previous term, given the challenges of working within a male dominated council. The
election presents an opportunity for all motivated women, and young people, to nominate
for election and potentially be a part of, and shape, a more contemporary and
representative Hindmarsh Shire Council.
I look forward to the results of the election and congratulate all candidates on their
preparedness to stand up and represent their community. I expect you will find it a nervous
and exciting thing to do, but if you are fortunate to be elected, be encouraged to know that
you will mostly find it a rewarding and gratifying honour.
Cr Tony Schneider