GARDEN: Councillor Travis Rogers is leaving Port Lincoln to move to Queensland with his partner.PORT Lincoln City Councillor Travis Rogers attended his last council meeting on Monday as he prepares to move to Queensland with his partner.
Mr Rogers had given notice previously of his intention to step down as councillor as he prepares to move to Gladstone.
Mr Rogers said the decision to step down came about after his partner was offered a job in Gladstone, which meant leaving Port Lincoln after living in the town for about 13 years.
“It’s important we support each other and what we want to do in life,” he said.
Mr Rogers was first elected to the Port Lincoln City Council in 2010 and was re-elected in the council election last year.
In his address to council, Mr Rogers thanked all councillors and staff he worked with for the past five years and said he had learned so much from his time as being a leader.
“Being a community leader shouldn’t be taken for granted, it’s an honour to be in that role and I learned so much from every other council member and staff along the way,” he said.
“I’m proud of the fact that the council is more inclusive and more representative of the community as it is, it has more of a social agenda, is more youth focused and has great guiding documents including long-term financial plans and infrastructure plans to ensure financial sustainability.”
One thing Mr Rogers would like to see happen in the future is to see the Murray Point area become an open recreational area, based on its environmental value.
In his address, Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green thanked Mr Rogers for his service and credited him as always being considered, respectful and progressive.
The council’s chief executive officer, Rob Donaldson, also thanked him for his service and commended his ability to work through any difficulties.
As well as serving as a community leader, Mr Rogers has been an active member the community, including through the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service and West Coast Youth and Community Support.
He said as a drug and alcohol mental health worker he walked alongside people as they made positive changes in their lives and helped with several initiatives, including the services bush tucker garden.
One thing he aims to do in Gladstone is finish his degree in clinical psychology, with the goal of eventually going into his own practice.
Out of everything in the community, Mr Rogers said he would miss the people, the connections and the friendships he made during his time in Port Lincoln, but they wouldn’t be forgotten.
“Thank you to everyone who chose to support me and my ideas, particularly my fellow councillor colleagues and staff, and mayor Bruce (Green) for being a wonderful mentor for myself,” he said.
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