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Latrobe City councillors

Latrobe City councillors

Two new councillors in Latrobe City

Two newcomers are joining Latrobe City Council after the recent elections.

Melissa Ferguson of Yinnar South takes the only South Ward seat, taking the place of three-time mayor Darrell White.

And Morwell Neighbourhood House manager Tracie Lund also joins council for the next four years.

Alan McFarlane leaves council after one term.

The successful Council candidates are:
* West Ward: Sharon Gibson, Brad Law
* Central Ward: Graeme Middlemiss, Tracie Lund
* South Ward: Melissa Ferguson
* East Ward: Kellie O’Callaghan, Dan Clancey, Darren Howe, Dale Harriman

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The nine Councillors will work with the community to set the direction of Council over the next four years and join with Council staff to advance Latrobe City as a regional city.

Latrobe City Council Chief Executive Officer Steven Piasente said he acknowledges the achievements of outgoing councillors Darrell White and Alan McFarlane who were not re-elected to Council.

“Mr McFarlane served a four-year term with Council, while Mr White has had a long and distinguished career in local government, joining Latrobe City Council in 1997 and serving as mayor three times. On behalf of Council, staff and the community, I wish them well in their future endeavours,” Mr Piasente said.

New Central Ward Councillor Tracie Lund has managed Morwell Neighbourhood House since 2012 and wants to support the growth of the region and a sustainable future. She prioritises investment in the health, wellbeing, resilience and employment opportunities for the community, and believes the needs of local business, community and the environment are vital to the City recovering from COVID-19.

Cr Melissa Ferguson comes to Council with experience in the mental health sector and founding a charity to provide emergency relief for drought-stricken farmers.

She is concerned about services for young people, the impacts of wind turbines, and will lobby for improved community buildings in South Ward. Cr Ferguson has a vision of fairness in the allocation of funding and resources across wards.

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