Community stalwart leaves post

Grateful: Members of the Mortlake Community Development Committee joined secretary Kelvin Goodall (front right) in thanking Moyne Shire community planning officer Craig Midgley (front left) for his work within the community.

AFTER nine years of servicing the Mortlake community, Moyne Shire small towns community planning officer Craig Midgley bid farewell to the area last week.

He took up a position at the Wudinna District Council in South Australia and officially left his position on the council last week.

Mr Midgley said the highlight of his career was his work on the development of more than 20 community plans for townships within the Moyne Shire, including Mortlake’s.

“Specific to Mortlake was the development of a community plan that focused on the redevelopment of the Tea Tree Lake precinct, streetscaping, the saleyards development and the preservation of assets, including addressing the future of the old Mill,” he said.

“As Moyne’s small towns community planner, I have developed strong community and council partnerships, whilst supporting the communities to develop one united vision for their town.

“The MCDC has realised it is time to renew its community plan in 2018 and will be working actively with council and the new community planning officer to progress the process to identify and sign off a new community plan.”

Members of the Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) thanked Mr Midgley for his efforts at the monthly meeting last week.

“Craig has worked tirelessly with Mortlake and the other smaller towns and villages in the shire in developing their communities’ plans for a better and sustainable future,” MCDC secretary Kelvin Goodall said.

“We wish him well for the future.”

Mr Midgley was a major driver of a number of key initiatives and projects now under way, according to Mr Goodall.

“He was instrumental in the MCDC and the community developing Mortlake’s own community plan in 2012 which identified a number of priorities for the future development of our town,” he said.

“The seeds sown back in 2012 have begun to bear fruit, such as the development of D.C. Farran Oval, a community hub based in the Mortlake library, a revamped streetscape, and regional saleyards at Mortlake.”

Mr Midgley’s other contributions included recent refurbishments of the Nirranda Community Centre and Peterborough Hall and Purnim’s Reconciliation Week event earlier this year.

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