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MEDIA RELEASE - Rank returns as Mayor

9 November 2017

Councillor Anita Rank has been re-elected for a second term as Mayor of Glenelg Shire.

The Portland-based councillor, who first joined the chamber in 2012, was re-elected unopposed at last night’s statutory meeting.
The active community volunteer said she was humbled to be returned for a second consecutive term.

“I am extremely grateful to my council colleagues to be provided with this opportunity to serve for a second term,” Cr Rank said.

“There has been much achieved for our region over the past 12 months and I look forward to continue to focus on our work plans, including diversifying the shire economy, attracting new industry and creating new jobs for our young people.

“We have many strategic strengths including a deep sea port, rich food and fibre assets, clean green energy resources which make our shire an attractive region to invest.

“Strengthening our visitor economy by building our profile as a key destination on the Great Ocean Road touring route and securing our brand identity with South Australia and our neighbouring councils is also something I am extremely passionate about.

“Securing more cruise ships, further marketing our great recreational fishing opportunities, and whale watching is an area of focus. I am extremely proud of our busy events schedule, one of the busiest in the region, and I look forward to working with our community to further strengthen these growing attractions.”

Cr Rank was recognised at the meeting by fellow councillors for her tireless advocacy efforts to State Government. She was also credited for her maintaining a busy diary, attending many community events which had strengthened councils profile in the community,

Her achievements during her time as Mayor include attracting an economic security package from the Federal and State Governments to assist Portland Aluminium’s recovery from a power outage. This was in addition to both levels of government providing support to the UNESCO World Heritage bid for the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.

Cr Alistair McDonald said Cr Rank had been a “good ambassador for the community”.

“All the travel to Spring Street is paying dividends for the future,” Cr McDonald said.

Cr Geoff White added this work was assisting in making Glenelg Shire “the success story for rest of Victoria in an economic sense”.

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