SOMETIMES if you have a passion for something, and spend long enough doing it, you are rewarded for your effort.
Clarence Valley councillor and former mayor Ian Tiley has had the honour of emeritus mayor bestowed upon him by the Local Government Association of NSW for his six years service as a mayor in the Clarence Valley.
“I am immensely proud to have received recognition of my long involvement in the local government sector. It's been my life's work,” Cr Tiley said.
“The high point was leading the first Clarence Valley Council. We faced many challenges and I believe we've positioned the council well for the people of the Valley for the future.”
Although he believes council is positioned well for the future, Cr Tiley concedes there will be challenges.
“I see the primary challenge for council and the industry as addressing the long-term financial sustainability of councils,” he said.
“We have a shrinking resource base; ever increasing asset maintenance; and infrastructure renewal against a backdrop of ever-increasing commercial expectations.”
Cr Tiley has spent almost his entire life working in local government.
He began his career at Manning River County Council as a junior clerk, rising to shire clerk of Merriwa Shire Council in 1973; a position he held until 1987.
In addition to his council commitments, Cr Tiley is currently completing Phd studies through UNE in Armidale on the topic of local government amalgamations which he hopes to complete by the end of 2010.