Councillor Fraser – statement from the Mayor
Published on 12 March 2021
On behalf of my fellow Councillors, I’d like to thank Councillor Hugh Fraser for his nine years on Council and acknowledge his significant contribution to the Mornington Peninsula Shire and our community.
While we are disappointed in his decision to resign, we respect that decision.
Cr Fraser was a strong advocate for his constituents and worked passionately and diligently to support his local community.
First elected to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in 2012, Cr Fraser represented the Nepean ward, which covers the towns of Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye and Tootgarook. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2020.
He came to Council from the Victorian Bar where he had practised as a barrister specializing in insolvency, superannuation, probate, property and property fraud. On Council, he brought those skills to the Audit and Risk Committee between 2012 and 2019.
He was also Council’s appointee to the Point Nepean National Park Masterplan Implementation Committee and a member of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI Oceania) steering committee.
Working with Shire management and the Rye commercial community, Cr Fraser helped establish the Rye Beach Business Association. He was also instrumental in the Rye Township Plan, which was approved by Council with $6.5 million to implement the plan.
During his time on Council, the $3 million Blairgowrie to Rye Point Nepean Road footpath was completed and the Flinders Street, Rye park was acquired from the Education Department for the community. Other projects include the Sullivan Bay Dorothy Houghton Walk and the new-look George Street Mall in Sorrento, with its new facilities and tourism office completed.
Cr Fraser and his fellow 2012/16 and 2016/20 Councillors were also responsible for the decision to build a world-class aquatic centre in Besgrove Street, Rosebud. While the project had been discussed by previous councils, Cr Fraser was part of the team that made it a reality and agreed on the Besgrove Street location. Our spectacular new Yawa Aquatic Centre is due to open mid-year.
Cr Fraser also helped instigate several major Shire policies, including achieving carbon neutrality by 2021, the declaration of a climate emergency and the adoption of a 10-year Climate Emergency Plan.
He represented Council at the 2015 UN Conference of the Parties (COP) Paris Environmental Conference. He also represented the Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) and the Australian Capital Cities Lord Mayors at the Plenary session of the 2019 COP Madrid Conference and delivered their intervention speech.
Cr Fraser was devoted to his work with the Friends of Lospalos committee supporting communities in Timor Leste and looks forward to continued involvement in the community’s work for the Timorese of Lospalos.
He leaves with our best wishes.
Cr Fraser’s replacement will be decided by the Victorian Electoral Commission, which will make a determination within the next few weeks based on voting at last November’s election.
We have a busy year ahead of us and look forward to welcoming the new Nepean ward councillor to Council to continue the positive and exciting work the Shire is doing to improve life for our community.