Pat Chigwidden has been part of the City of Victor Harbor council chamber for the past 18 years and it is going to be strange attending a council meeting and seeing someone else in her chair.
Pat has seen four mayors and 25 elected members come and go in the council she has professionally served over the years.
She has no regrets looking back on her terms serving the community of Victor Harbor and is proud of the many council achievements.
“It is sad there is so much negativity when so much has been achieved,” Pat said.
Pat points to the Ring Road, the Bluff Boat Ramp, Aquatic Centre, the award winning library, the Civic Centre, the walking bridge across the Inman River, the Heritage Trail, the banking of the Gillespie land off the Ring Road for sport, the skate park, teenage playground, stage 1 of the Mainstreet upgrade, assisting the RSL and Victor Harbor Football Club and bowling clubs to have better facilities for the entire community and the winning of so many KESAB awards, in particular the national award in 2013, as key achievements during her time as a councillor.
It is not just as a councillor Pat Chigwidden has made an impact in the Victor Harbor community, as she is a volunteer at the Visitor Information Centre and the co-ordinator of Victor Harbor’s Town Pride. Pat has also served on many Section 41 committees, who make recommendations to council on key projects.
“During my last term, I served on eight different committees and these committees are so important, as it is the vehicle to communicate with the community, which is what we are elected to do. The committees consist of community representatives, who share their invaluable ideas to form recommendations, which then go to council to vote on,” Pat said.
“It has been a privilege over the past 18 years to serve this community.”
Pat is very proud of the Town Pride and all the 17 volunteers, who meet each Tuesday morning to tend to the roundabouts, garden beds in the main street and Whale Centre and railway station gardens.
“The Town Pride means a lot to our community and the feedback we receive is amazing and all so positive,” she said.
“The support we receive from City of Victor Harbor Group Leader for Open Space Andrew Comas is very good and enables us to make Victor Harbor more attractive.”
It is time for Pat to have a rest and enjoy some nights home and spend time with husband Brian, her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
“I would like to thank Brian for all his support over the years and the staff at council for their help. Victor Harbor is so blessed to have so many volunteers. They are really the heartbeat of our community,” Pat said.