Surf Coast Shire Council elects Mayor Liz Pattison for another year

Published on 14 November 2023


Surf Coast Shire Council has elected Cr Liz Pattison as Mayor for the final year of its four-year term.

Mayor Pattison was re-elected at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 14 November along with Deputy Mayor, Cr Mike Bodsworth.

“I’ve enjoyed the past year as Mayor, which is why I decided to put my hand up again and lead Council for a second year,” she said.

“It’s a role that is both rewarding and challenging, as Council focuses on fulfilling the community vision to leave the Surf Coast better than we found it.”

Mayor Pattison reflected on her first year in the role, highlighting the inaugural Pilk-Purriyn partnership event supporting Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.

“Preparations are underway for the second truth-telling event in January 2024. It will mark another important step on our Reconciliation journey as we continue to walk together and work together with the traditional custodians of the land and water,” she said.

“I’m also proud that we’re playing our role in the affordable accommodation crisis, through the Aireys Inlet Affordable Housing Project, the Anglesea hub draft precinct plan, and the proposed Tiny Houses on Wheels trial.

“We know the Surf Coast is an incredible place to live and to visit. This can be attributed to our world-class natural environment and unique towns, which we know the community wants to protect. Significant work in this area continues, including current consultation on our Planning Scheme Review and Urban Futures Strategy.”

Mayor Pattison is excited to continue getting out and about across the shire in the next 12 months.

“From climate resilience projects and creative pursuits, to improving local facilities and fostering more connections — one of my favourite parts of being Mayor is witnessing how community and Council can team up to make a difference. I look forward to seeing more of this in the year ahead, as locals are the people who know what makes their community so special.

“I’m also excited to see major projects progress, including the Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre in Torquay and the Winchelsea Pool renewal.”

Mayor Pattison, a mum of four young boys who lives in Jan Juc, thanked her family for their ongoing support, and also her fellow councillors.


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