Mayor Henley announces his intention to not challenge the October Mayoral election

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2023 at 12:34:48 PM

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley has announced his intention to not challenge the October Local Government Mayoral election, after 14 years of service to the community.

First elected onto Council in 2009, Mayor Henley became Deputy Mayor in 2013 and has been Mayor of the City of Busselton since October 2015. He has been a strong leader who respects the opinions of others, but is still prepared to make difficult decisions when they are backed by expert knowledge, sound research and good governance.

With a keen interest in social and economic sustainability, Mayor Henley has been a strong supporter of the City’s foreshore redevelopment and town centre revitalisation projects. He played a key role in the attraction of cruise ships to the region and advocated for the expansion of the Busselton Margaret River Airport. He’s been firmly committed to expanding the region’s event profile over the past decade and growing the creative industries, including the development of the new performing arts and convention centre, Saltwater Busselton. He has always made himself available, attending and supporting many community and high profile engagements and events.

Mayor Henley said “After a long deliberation I have decided not to contest the October Mayoral election for the City of Busselton and will further be resigning from Council at the same time as the election. I am extremely proud of my service to the community over 14 years and in my leadership positions for a decade, two as Deputy Mayor and eight as Mayor. I am incredibly thankful for the support and advice I have received from community, colleagues and family.”

“Our community has seen extraordinary progress and development in that period, but there is always more to be done. Balancing the need for growth but retaining the character of our district is always difficult.”

“Alongside major projects like the jetty refurbishment, administration building, foreshores, playing fields and airport upgrade there has been the day to day, often unheralded work of local government to support our community constructing, maintaining and operating assets and delivering services. None of the achievements overseen would have been possible without the City’s fantastic staff who do so much for our community, often without acknowledgment.”

Mayor Henley concluded by saying “The community have the power now to select the next leader of the Council and I urge them to carefully consider the candidates for this important position, based on their experience, character and abilities.”

Chief Executive Officer, Tony Nottle said “On behalf of City staff, I wish to thank Mayor Henley for his strong leadership, service and dedication to his community. His knowledge and experience, along with his passion for the City of Busselton, will be truly missed. We wish Mayor Henley and his family all the very best as they look forward to the next chapter.”

The next Ordinary Election for local government is scheduled to take place on 21 October 2023. More information regarding the election process will be provided over the ensuing months.

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Leadership: A Council that connects with the community and is accountable in its decision making.

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