Four Mid Murray councillors retire ahead of local government elections

Thanked: Mayor Dave Burgess with retiring councillors Adriaan Saako, Mardi Jennings, Brian Taylor and Kelly Kuhn. Photo: Emma Zirkel.
Thanked: Mayor Dave Burgess with retiring councillors Adriaan Saako, Mardi Jennings, Brian Taylor and Kelly Kuhn. Photo: Emma Zirkel.

With council elections underway, Mid Murray council (MMC) acknowledged the efforts and service of the four retiring members.

Councillors Mardi Jennings (Eyre ward), Adrian Saako (Murray ward), Brian Taylor and deputy Mayor Kelly Kuhn (Shearer ward) received a certificate of thanks during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Deputy mayor Kuhn said being an elected member has run in her family and is a third-generation member for the area.

“My great-grandfather Christopher (Kit) Bolt) served 26 years in the previous Forster ward,” she said. "For me being an elected member has enabled personal growth and character building. 

“Working in a community effort with the volunteers of our region is an endless source of encouragement. 

“I also truly value council’s staff members, who often undertake a very thankless but rewarding job.”

Working in a community effort with the volunteers of our region is an endless source of encouragement.

Kelly Kuhn

Mrs Kuhn said representing the community who voted you onto council is a very important role.

“It takes time and diligence, and you at times you have the conundrum of voting against your personal views,” she said.

“There are significant skill sets required and this variation in our council has been a benefit to our community."

As the end of the four-year term draws near MMC chief executive officer Russell Peate took the opportunity to formally thank elected members for their dedication over the last four years. 

Mr Peate reflected on the council’s achievements over the past four years and told elected members they could be” rightfully proud” of what they had done. 

“So much has been achieved for the 17 towns in the region, which is not an easy gig with so many towns to be able to progress initiatives for and work in partnership with.”

Cr Saako, a retired licenced aircraft maintenance engineer, and deputy mayor Kuhn each served on council for one term, with Cr Taylor serving 23 years to local government.

Cr Jennings served two terms and was appointed deputy mayor in 2014 before Cr Kuhn took on the role in 2016.

  • The voting period for council elections runs from October 22 to November 9.