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Artarmon farewells outgoing councillors



APA was the springboard for Barry Thompson in the council elections eight years ago. He has been Artarmon’s resident councillor and before that spent several years on the APA committee and the Gazette. He was one of two Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations (FPA) vice presidents in the two years before his election. “That experience gave me some idea of what I would face as a councillor,” he told the Gazette.

Barry won his first election by the very close margin of two votes, decided after a recount and hearing before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. “I was pleased that I was able to increase my vote at the second election and came out with a comfortable margin,” Barry said.

“I believe I have represented all the diverse streams of the Artarmon community in my time on council and have attempted to look at the 'bigger picture' rather than be caught up in some of the petty politics and rivalries that can distract the public's attention.” He mainly campaigned on the environment and building a sustainable future issue. “I may choose to follow up this interest after I leave council,” he said.

Kate’s future role will be on a more personal note – as grandmother for the first time. “I find that contemplating the future of this new life is what gives me common cause with others in a metaphorical as well as a real sense,” she said.

Reflecting on her 21 years on the council, three as deputy mayor, she told the Gazette she was pleased to be associated with its achievements such as the Hallstrom Park playground and oval taking over from being Gordon Rugby Club’s clubhouse and home ground; the final affordable housing provisions in the WLEP; an extensive network of bicycle infrastructure; bushland management practice “second to none”; and the northside Aboriginal Heritage Office.

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

Courtesy of Gazette August 2012
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