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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Meet the new mayor

Top job: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic in the mayoral robes and chains outside Campbelltown Council. Picture: Chris LaneCampbelltown’s new mayor has big plans for our city.
Nanjing Night Net

Cr George Brticevic wants Campbelltown to reach its potential, to be a place its residents have no reason to leave.

The 43-year-old has spent his whole life in the area, growing up in Macquarie Fields with his parents and two brothers before marrying wife Monique at 23 and moving to Eschol Park to have his children, Claudia (16) and Andrew (14).

“Campbelltown is immensely important to me, it’s my world,” he told the Advertiser.

“I’m part of the community and I think it’s a fantastic community –it hasso much potential.”

Cr Brticevic has two pet projects he wants to get off the ground as soon as possible.

The first is transforming the “dilapidated” tennis courts at Rosemeadow into a thriving youth multi-purpose sporting complex, the like of which can be found in Macquarie Fields.

The second is introducing free wi-fi to those complexes and possibly the Campbelltown and Ingleburn CBDs.

“Parents say they don’t want theirkids to be on the phone and online all the time, they want them to be outside,” the mayor said.

“Well, as a father of a teenage girl and a teenage boy, I knowthe reality is they do not live without that phone, they do not go to bed until it is pried out of their hands.

“They live in a social world and if we can get them out socially, person to person, out in those basketball facilities or skate parks, they’re not chewing up their own data.

“If they hang out for three or four hours in a safe place, doing physical activity and socialising, using wi-fi the council and the rate-payers are supplying, I think it’s a win-win and I think parents will see the benefit in the hip pocket.”

Cr Brticevic, unlike his recent predecessors, will have plenty of time to see his plans come to fruition.

Changes to local government legislation will allow him to serve back-to-back two-year terms in the top job.

He has the support of his six fellow Labor councillors and independent Paul Lake to carry out four years of mayorship.

“I’d like to think if I can perform and do a good job then all the other councillors will elect me unopposed as they did on this occasion,” Cr Brticevic said.

“You speak to past mayors including Cr Lake and they say they only get going at the 12-month mark, they’re in full swing, fourth or fifth gear, and then they’ve got to hand the chains over, literally.

“To have two years, that’s fantastic, but to have four years, potentially, will give that stability and continuity to the general manager, to the council and to the community as well.

“I’ll be listening to the people and working for the people –I am very excited to be given this opportunity, it is such a privilege and an honour to be the mayor of this great city.”

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