The Coorong District Council celebrated its 20th birthday on Sunday, September 10.
Historically, the council’s past leaders have been in far more serious roles, helping to shape, grow and lead the ever-changing council area.
However, for one day in September, the past leaders returned to have some fun with the Coorong community as it celebrated 20 years since the Coorong District Council was formed – part of the district’s local government amalgamation.
As part of the TWENTY event celebrations, Coorong District Council’s Mayor Neville Jaensch was flanked by the (past) longest standing Chief Executive Officer Bill Patterson, 1997 Chairman John Filmer and current CEO Vincent Cammell for some ‘tongue-in-cheek’ public panel discussion on Council matters.
The panel discussions included a range of topics like history, culture, politics and include some ‘guest’ questions from the community.
The panel formed part of a range of other activities on offer throughout the day at the Coorong Gallery in Tailem Bend.
During the milestone celebrations, the launch of the TWENTY exhibition took place with a commemorative plaque unveiling, guest speakers, music, food, drinks and more.
Mayor Neville Jaensch said the TWENTY event was a celebration of the community and Council’s achievements over the past two decades.
“It was the first time we’ve had our CEO and chairman from the time of amalgamation together with our current Mayor and CEO. It’s an exciting milestone,” he said.
“Of course, like all Coorong events, we wanted to make things fun, and so we threw a few curly questions to our panel of past and present leaders.
“We spend so much of our time dealing with serious matters that we wanted to have some fun during the panel discussion – and we hope the community enjoyed the ride.”
Cr Jaensch said he was delighted with the event’s success.
“I’m particularly grateful to our staff for their time and dedication to making the event a success.
“It was very fitting that Mr Filmer and Mr Patterson were the ones to unveil the commemorative plaque.
“I described the Coorong Council as: a difficult labor, the child was challenging from the start, teenage years were long but now as a young adult, enthusiastic with an exceptional future ahead,” he said.