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MEDIA RELEASE - Councillor recognised for 20 years of service

25 October 2018

Glenelg Shire Councillor Gilbert Wilson has been honoured for his long-standing service to the community at the recent Municipal Association of Victoria Councillor Service Awards.

Cr Wilson received a 20 year service award at the award ceremony held last week in Melbourne, recognising his valuable contribution and efforts to the shire during his terms as councillor.

Cr Wilson said it had been an honour to represent the community.

“Throughout my time as councillor as I’ve been privileged to work alongside some incredible people in the local community and help realise many worthwhile projects,” he said.

“Some of the highlights over the past 20 years have included the formation and part implementation of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan which has significantly changed the look and feel of our bay, and the recent construction of the Australian Kelpie Centre in Casterton.

“Furthermore the change in library services from an outside joint council corporation to a service fully controlled by Glenelg Shire has been a major change, but one that has paid dividends, providing a better service for residents at a more economical rate for council.”

Cr Wilson said his family connections with council would always remain.

“I still keep fond memories of the early days when I was serving the Portland City Council alongside my fellow long standing councillor and father Keith Wilson,” he said.

“Local government continues to change but I look forward to seeing what further exciting and worthwhile projects we as a council can help realise for the community in the years to come.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank paid tribute to Cr Wilson’s long standing dedication.

“Representing the community as a local councillor takes time, commitment and enthusiasm and it is important that we thank Cr Wilson for his impressive record of service and all that he has achieved for our shire over the past twenty years,” she said.

“The Glenelg Shire is fortunate to have people such as Cr Wilson who are willing to give up their time and energy to contribute to and improve our community.”

The Victorian Councillor Service Awards have been established by Victoria's peak body for local government, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), to recognise the contribution of long serving councillors, with awards given for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.

History of Cr Wilson’s service:
City of Portland
• First elected at a by-election in December 1987
• Retired in August 1991.

Glenelg Shire
• Elected in March 2002 (still currently serving)

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