FORMER Kalamunda Shire President Sue Bilich says she is happy with her achievements in office.
Cr Bilich, who lost out in a council vote for president to Cr Andrew Waddell last week, said presiding over council committees and representing her ward would now take precedence for her.
“I have been very pleased with what we have achieved working closely with the Shire CEO Rhonda Hardy over the past two years,” Cr Bilich said.
She said she was concerned with customer service and improving the Shire’s image with ratepayers.
“I believe we do need to improve our public image,” she said.
Cr Bilich said her commitment to local government had come from her work in communities in the past.
“In the 1980s I was the first person to set up the red nose campaign in WA and for many years we ran it from my house,” Cr Bilich said.
Cr Bilich’s third child Kylie died from SIDS when she was seven weeks old in 1983.
Cr Bilich said she was proud of her achievements in the “Vote No” campaign against the proposed council amalgamations and presiding over the Councillors for Democracy group in Kalamunda which initiated the legal action against the State Government and saw Premier Colin Barnett back down over the amalgamation push.
“I think we were strategic and we achieved a lot with that committee and I still work closely with those colleagues on council,” she said.
Cr Bilich said she would continue to work with fellow councillors and said all the good work councillors had achieved would continue into the future.
Cr Bilich is in her third term on the council.
Cr Waddell thanked Cr Bilich for her contribution and said the council had been through one of its most tumultuous periods while she was President.
“She effectively staved off a fatal blow and the forced amalgamation of our Shire with the City of Belmont,” he said.
“We thank the outgoing President for the years of service and good work she has achieved.”
Cr Waddell also pledged to work with all councillors in the Shire as a team and said he encouraged debate and discussion which was healthy in a democracy.
Cr John Giardina was re-elected as deputy president.