After 23 years of being a major figurehead on the council of Victor Harbor, Graeme Maxwell has declared his time is up.
There are many in the community who will be crying out “it is about time”, but to all those people and to the many more who have supported Mr Maxwell over the years, now is the time to reflect on his achievements.
Regardless of your personal feelings we need to take stock and show respect to a man who has lived, worked, raised a family and enjoyed being a part of the local community.
Since Mr Maxwell joined the City of Victor Harbor, the population has grown from 8000 to 15,800, the operating budget increased from $4.65m to $26.4m, Visitor Information Centre visitors have almost tripled and library membership and loans have doubled.
Port Adelaide was not even in the AFL competition and Adelaide had not won any of its premierships, that was still three years away, when Graeme Maxwell and his family decided to make Victor Harbor home.
Under his watch the Ring Road was constructed, we have a new civic centre and library, improved boating facilities, the Kondoli Whale project at Kleinig’s Hill lookout and the Community Purchase of Renewable Energy Program (CPREP) was initiated.
CPREP resulted in a significant take-up by the community of solar panels. Victor Harbor had the highest rate of uptake of solar panels anywhere in Australia and the success of our program was emulated elsewhere throughout South Australia. Mr Maxwell and a guy called Roy Ramage should take a lot of credit for boosting our standing on the national and world stage.
On the back of CPREP, the City of Victor Harbor was awarded Australia’s top sustainable award and this is an achievement we all should be very proud of.
The other big ticket item, which was the catalyst to his announcement this week, is the opening of the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre. The pool issue was bubbling about well before Mr Maxwell came to Victor Harbor and 23 years later we have one.
Yes, there have been one or two issues, which the CEO could have handled better and The Times has been more than willing to be the voice of the people. Twenty three years is a long time and Mr Maxwell will now explore other opportunities and enjoy more family time and the Victor Harbor community can move forward with a new CEO and a new vision.