Coastal areas need to remain viable: Maher

GAYLE Maher, who is running for a second term as a councillor for the Coastal Ward, said it was important to ensuring the shire’s coastal communities remained viable.

“With flood mapping and climate change a part of our future, it is essential that everyone’s views are heard and that the messaging is clear,” she said.

“I am confident with the experience gained during the C33 planning scheme amendment that I can do this.”

Ms Maher said it had been a privilege representing her community in the past four years, having advocated successfully by being a reasonable voice around the table.

“A successful council term depends greatly on team work and support, listening to the community, advocating on their behalf, facilitating communication between community members and council, ensuring all viewpoints are conveyed,” she said.

“Moving forwards in a post-COVID environment, means this work is even more essential.

Over the last four years, I have been able to recently support the Port Albert-Alberton rail trail extension, Yarram mural project, various boat ramp upgrades, seawall improvements, road and footpath constructions, not to mention the many local events that make this such a great place to live.

“With a deep family heritage in the area, my family has enjoyed calling Port Albert home for the last 15 years.