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MEDIA RELEASE - Councillors Recognised for Community Service

23 October 2017

Glenelg Shire Council’s councillor’s Karen Stephens, Robert Halliday and Geoff White have been awarded for 60 collective years of council service at the Municipal Association of Victoria annual dinner in Melbourne.

Cr Robert Halliday was awarded for 25 years of service, Cr Geoff White for 20 years and Cr Karen Stephens for 15 years of service.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank congratulated the councillors for their tireless efforts serving the shire.

“It is great to have councillors, passionate community members, who are dedicated to giving back to their community,” Cr Rank said.

Cr Halliday has lived in Portland for almost seven decades and was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in 2001, serving as Mayor for the 2014-15 term. Cr Halliday also served as Mayor with the City of Portland from 1985-1987.

The former business owner also has an interest in waste reduction and has represented Council on the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group for many years.

Cr Geoff White has lived in Portland for 60 years and was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in 1997, serving as Mayor for four terms. It is believed Cr White is the oldest serving councillor in Australia.

He has held leadership positions in various community organisations, including his professional role as a senior staff member at the Port of Portland for 37 years.

From 2001-16 Cr White has been chair/deputy chair of the Rail Freight Alliance (26 Victorian Councils) advocating for moving part of the freight task from road to rail and continues that work for delivery of the Murray Basin Rail Project for the economic benefit of the shire and the Port of Portland.

Casterton-based, Cr Stephens was elected to the Glenelg Shire Council in March 2002 and served as Mayor in 2004-05 and 2012-13.

A licensed real estate agent since 1985, Cr Stephens started her own company when moving to Casterton in 1992 and is a founding member of the Casterton Kelpie Association.

Cr Stephens has spent many years developing the now nationally and internationally renowned Australian Kelpie Muster which is held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend each June. Cr Stephens is the current president of the Casterton District Historical Society.

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