Current City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp plans to build on what has been achieved over his eight year tenure in the top position on council by standing for a third term.
Mr Philp has been a major instigator in creating strong links with British and French consulates in his role as chair of the Encounter Celebration Organisation and universities to ensure Victor Harbor can become an educational hub.
“I am very focused and committed to seeing the City of Victor Harbor continue to grow and improve and for us to not just be the number one tourist destination, but a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Philp said.
“During my time on council the City of Victor Harbor has received many awards, which include National Tidy Towns winner in 2013, won a national community partnership and collaboration award and awarded Best large Town in 2017 and 2018.”
Mr Philp has been a hands on mayor during his eight years, as a valued volunteer in the community.
He is a member of the Lions Club of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot, been chair of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, a member of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch, on the founding committee of Cafe Crozier and has continued to work with the state government, Flinders University and Oceanic Victor to ensure the Little Penguins on Granite Island survive.
Mr Philp said he was proud of his role on the Fleurieu Region Community Service Advisory Committee, as it assists to improve the quality of life and well-being of communities and it is a regional approach between the City of Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Alexandrina councils.
“We monitor and support the Caring Neighbourhood Program, Star Club Field Officer Program, Fleurieu Families, Positive Ageing Project, Youth Development Officer and Southern Volunteering,” he said.
“We have done so much and there is still more to do. I have been a big supporter of the Victor Men’s Shed and been instrumental in providing an aquatic centre. The Main Street project is important for our future with Stage 1 completed and Stage 2 starting next year. We won an award for Stage 1 and this precinct is the gateway to Warland Reserve, the Causeway and Granite Island,” Mr Philp said.
“Other projects completed include Soldiers Memorial Gardens, Soldiers Memorial Reserve, Victor Harbor Football and RSL clubrooms, Turntable project and investment in roads and footpaths throughout Victor Harbor.
“I am driving economic development and been pushing for two years for cruise ships to come to Victor Harbor. The last eight years has been fantastic and I am passionate about our community.”