Farewell Cr Harley and Cr Murphy

Published: Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 6:31:06 PM

On Tuesday 15 October Vincent Council said a fond farewell to two Councillors who did not recontest in the 2019 Local Elections; Cr Jimmy Murphy and Cr Roslyn Harley.

Mayor Emma Cole said farewell to both Councillors in a speech at their final Council meeting and thanked them both for their service to the City, she reiterated her statements later on facebook.

Cr Murphy, representing the South Ward, joined Vincent Council in 2015 and has been a passionate advocate for arts, events and town teams.

“Jimmy is a connector and celebrator of people and place. He follows his own mantra of ‘don’t wait for somebody else to do something – make it happen!’ and our Vincent community has really benefited from this combination of passion and pragmatism,” said Mayor Cole.

“He has a genuine love and care for the arts through lived experience and excelled as Chair of Vincent’s Arts Advisory Group. This amazing ‘arts army’ delivered the Arts Development Plan, has moved forward with a major artwork for Vincent from developer contributions and has brought a much deeper understanding of the importance of arts and creativity in Vincent.

“Jimmy has been a major supporter of Vincent’s town teams, our town centres and greater sustainability. He has advocated for better use of our public places – to make them more accessible, contemporary, affordable and influenced by the people who inhabit them.

“At ANZAC Day this year, Jimmy performed the Last Post for our community service at Axford Park – which was a very special commemoration. We wish Jimmy all the best on his continued journey and evolution with the Town Team Movement,” she said.

Cr Harley, representing the North Ward, has been a Councillor at Vincent since 2011 and was the Deputy Mayor from 2013 - 2017.

“Ros joined Council in October 2011 at a pivotal time. The City of Vincent faced a split between Stirling and Perth during the local government amalgamation process, and Ros advocated strongly to keep our community together,” said Mayor Cole

“Ros helped lead instrumental change on transparency and accountability at Vincent and took this up to WALGA to seek change at broader local government level alongside former Mayor John Carey.

“Deeply passionate about reconciliation and Aboriginal and Noongar culture, Ros chaired our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. During her time on Council, and with the support of Cr Dan Loden, our first and second RAPs were delivered.

“Ros has been deeply passionate about Vincent’s multicultural heritage, transforming Leederville and Oxford Street Reserve, greening and trees on our streets, more dog exercise areas, and keeping expenditure in check. On behalf of all of us at Team Vincent, we wish Ros all the very best for the future,” she said.

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