Cr Alwyn Friedersdorff farewells council

16 October 2018

Alwyn Friedersdorff has bid farewell to Waratah-Wynyard at her final meeting as a councillor on Monday night.

Cr Friedersdorff will finish her role with Council when her current term expires and is the only current councillor not seeking re-election at the local government elections.

First elected to council in 2002, Cr Friedersdorff said it had been an honour to be a responsible leader on Waratah-Wynyard Council throughout the past 16 years.

“As I reflect over that time, I am assured that I have made my own special mark on this wonderful place,” CrFriedersdorff said.

“I am a participator; I have been not just a name, but a member and very active supporter of the Men’s Sheds in both Wynyard and Somerset, the Wynyard Golf Club, the A&P Society, U3A, the BMX Club, Senior Citizens Club, the Yacht Club, BighArt and Project O, Wynyard Garden Club, the Rotary Club, all of the schools and at one point, I was part of the Chamber of Commerce.”

Cr Friedersdorff said she believed that in representing her community, she must help keep it a great place to live and work.

“To fulfil this role, I still firmly advocate that we must all undertake training,” she said.

“We should be comfortable working electronically. We should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.”

Cr Friedersdorff was theleader of the Wynyard Tulip Festival Committee, over a period of ten years before it was handed over as a Council initiative.

“This allowed me to meet and work with many amazing artists from street performers to graffiti artists, crafts people and fine art folk,” she said.

Cr Friedersdorff is also closely associated with Arts Cape in Wynyard and because the greatest percentage of participants in the annual TasArts competition and exhibition have come from the Waratah-Wynyard municipality, she initiated and supported a Council promoted prize that recognises local artists in this event.

She highlighted the need for a very supportive partner – who may need to put up with odd hours, or perform tasks otherwise done by you as an important factor during her time as a councillor.

“They become our ambassadors as well asambassadors for Council. And I remain grateful to my husband Wolfgang for his total commitment,” she said.

Cr Friedersdorff has also served as President of the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania, and Treasurer of both the Australian Local Government Women's Association National Board and the National Rural Women's Coalition.

She served as Deputy Mayor of Waratah-Wynyard between the 18th March, 2011 and 28 October 2014.

In closing Cr Friedersdorff thanked all councillors and all staff for friendship, support, laughter and debate.

“I look forward to the great things that are about to come to fruition in our beautiful place.”

During the meeting Council also approved the establishment of the 7UP Wynyard Youth Centre at the Wynyard Community Centre and endorsed the Memorandum of Understanding between Rural Health Tasmania Inc and Waratah-Wynyard Council.

This joint project aims to provide a sustainable, youth friendly space where young people in Wynyard can feel safe, supported, included, listened to and welcomed.

Council also approve a donation of $4,000 to the Red Cross Drought appeal in support of ongoing drought assistance in New South Wales and Queensland following a challenge issued by neighbouring Circular Head Council to Tasmanian Councils to equal their recent contribution.

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