As of Wednesday evening, Launceston will officially have a new council.
The new and returning aldermen will have a robing ceremony at the Town Hall as well as the official Declarations of Office.
After the ceremonial procedures, the real work begins.
It’s nice to see a mixture of old and new will be sitting around the City of Launceston’s council table.
Anyone who operates a business or organisation would constantly be thinking about succession plans.
Who will be the next leader of the team or brand? To continue the strength of leadership it’s important to develop people.
Development is passing on knowledge to the new people, but also the veterans listening to a fresh perspective.
The next four years will be an interesting time for Launceston.
There are some significant discussions and actions that need to take place.
The first is building heights. Now that a new council is in place – further community conversations need to be had regarding expectations and opportunities surrounding the heights of buildings in Launceston.
Where we end up at the end of this debate will have a lasting impact on our city.
Another key discussion is the Tamar River. Well, it shouldn’t be a discussion, but rather action. This new council must ensure that the goals are met to improve the health of our river.
With a federal election looming, the council will also be an integral voice in campaigning for investment in our region and championing causes that we want our MHR and governing party to join.
Another key point will be the debate around amalgamation.
This is a topic that isn’t going away and one that the Launceston council has previously commented on in the past – including a willingness to have conversations with neighbouring councils.
It’s going to be a big four years for the 12 elected aldermen. We look forward to them rolling up their robes and helping to drive Launceston’s growth.