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Published on 16 October 2023
Creswick Ward Councillor Don Henderson received a 15-year service award for his outstanding contribution to Hepburn Shire at the Municipal Association of Victoria Annual Conference Gala Dinner on Thursday 12 October.
Cr Don Henderson is the longest serving councillor since Hepburn Shire was formed in 1995.
“It has been an honour to serve the community in the Creswick Ward since being elected in 2008. Apart from my 15 years as a councillor, I have also served two terms as Mayor,” said Cr Henderson.
“I have always regarded myself as a councillor for the whole shire, and also the region. My time on Council has been a great opportunity to contribute to and empower our community. I have been made to feel welcome and a part of the extended family of many residents,” he said.
“Some may say that being a Councillor is a thankless job, but I have not experienced that at all, in fact the opposite. I have enjoyed the great diversity of opinion and ideas that I have found in staff, fellow councillors and the community.”
Mayor Cr Brian Hood said the dedication shown by Cr Don Henderson during his time as an elected councillor was commendable.
“Being re-elected to a fourth term as the Creswick Ward councillor is a testament to his popularity and commitment to the community,” said Cr Hood.
“Cr Henderson is passionate about helping his community thrive and ensuring his leadership leaves a positive legacy for the Shire today and into the future. We sincerely thank him for his service over these 15 years.”
Image: Cr Henderson at the Gala Dinner with Deputy Mayor Cr Lesley Hewitt, Mayor Cr Brian Hood and Acting Chief Executive Officer Bruce Lucas.