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Karoonda East Murray Mayor to Retire

Mayor of Karoonda East Murray Council, Kevin Burdett has announced he will step down from the top job at the end of his current term, after 18 years in the role.

Mr Burdett has been elected to Council for more than 23 years, and says the decision was made before a period of absence due to ill health, which saw Deputy Mayor Caroline Phillips step up to the top job.

"Regardless of my recent health issues, I had already decided it was time for me to step aside and it’s pleasing to know that when I was off on leave, I could have great confidence in the Deputy Mayor, the elected members and the CEO.

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“I'm confident that there are people who are passionate and engaged who will do a great job in the future," he said.

Local Government elections in November are fast approaching, and Mr Burdett encourages any interested community members, regardless of circumstances, to rise to the challenge of becoming an Elected Member.

“Diversity is incredibly important in today’s society and it is no different for Council – the more representative we are of the local community, the better we are able to service their needs,” he said.

“Being an Elected Member has many challenges but it also brings great reward and it is a role which can create real and positive change in your local community."

Council's Chief Executive Officer Matthew Morgan says Mr Burdett’s decision leaves the door open for “new blood” to enter the Council.

“Kevin has been an excellent and community-minded Mayor, who has always held the respect of both the Elected Members and his community," he said.

With nominations opening at the start of September, Mr Morgan also encourages any interested community members to nominate.

“Becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local community.

“Council elections only come once every four years and it’s time again for the community to have their say in deciding who will represent them at Local Government level.

“More information will be available in coming weeks through the Local Government Association of SA and the Council website for people wanting to know how to nominate."

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