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Smolders stands down, and tall

12 Nov 2013

Smolders stands down, and tall Image

Editoral by Sean Rogasch

As reported in this edition, the Southbank Residents’ Group president Michael Smolders has moved aside, but the impact of his 12-month term will be felt for many years to come.

Michael moved into the role after the controversial approval of Queensbridge Tower riled him and fellow residents at Freshwater Place. He vowed to make a difference to the treatment of Southbank residents’ views and has delivered on that promise, and then some.

Supported ably by Barry Janes, Michael has grown the visibility of the group to unprecedented levels. He brought a professionalism that enabled the group to establish and grow its connections to all levels of government, which has given it a far louder voice.

At the SRG’s AGM in October Michael further showed his professionalism, presenting a detailed report into the year’s work and illustrating just how large the shoes are to fill.

He was also highly praised by Barry Janes, Freshwater Place OC chairman Peter Renner and even local member Martin Foley – all of which is richly deserved.

From a selfish standpoint, we’ve also been thankful for Michael’s constant willingness to work with and support the Southbank Local News, even when the big (well, bigger) media outlets in town came calling.

Charged with taking over is Tony Penna who has taken to the job enthusiastically and, with the backing of his new team, is looking to continue to build the SRG’s size and relevance.

As is his way, Michael has told Tony to get in touch if ever challenges arise that he can help with.

The Southbank Local News team wishes Michael all the best in his future endeavours.

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