Holdom on life without council

Dot Holdom says she wouldn't change anything about her time in council.
Dot Holdom says she wouldn't change anything about her time in council. John Gass

CARETAKER councillor Dot Holdom missed out on a spot on the next council however she has no regrets and wouldn't do a thing different if she had her time again.

Cr Holdom said she was a free-spirited, independent "gal" who was ready to turn another page in her life's story.

"I'm not going anywhere and will continue to do what I've been doing for many years," Cr Holdom said.

"I will remain active in the community and continue to put the interests of the people of the Tweed above anything else, like I've always done."

Cr Holdom's plans for the immediate future included some rest and she would then have a look at going back to work in some fashion.

"I'll spend some quality time with my husband and will look at doing some committee work, if they'll have me.

"Life can change in the blink of an eye and although it doesn't surprise me, life does sometimes shock me."

Following last weekend's election, Cr Holdom has been swamped with phone calls from friends and relatives and had the greatest respect for her "extended family".

When considering the makeup and issues facing the next council, Cr Holdom felt the shire's water needs were a huge conundrum and future councillors needed to ensure residents had a secure yield.

"We have to make sure we have enough water to get us through the next drought which could come at any time."

Tweed residents had the right to know their future water needs were secure.

The incoming councillors needed to know that the money for a new dam at Byrrill Creek wasn't available and Clarrie Hall dam was paid for and could provide the shire with the water it needed in the future.

"Why build a dam, pay for that and then discard it when there's an option which has less impact economically, socially and environmentally."

Cr Holdom said she wanted to thank the people of the Tweed for allowing her to serve over the last four years and had been part of some really great committees.

"We haven't always agreed but I've always done my homework and did my best for the people of the Tweed.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to serve," Cr Holdom said.

Topics:  dot holdom tweed shire council election 2012

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