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End of an era for Councillor Lykke

End of an era for Councillor Lykke

Three Councils and 26 years later, Tanunda’s Mr David Lykke has retired from Local Government.

His journey has been filled with challenges, inspiring moments and the realisation that one person can make a difference.

“It has been a long journey but I think being able to get other people to see the vision… once you can achieve that you can move forward from there,” said Mr Lykke.

“My interests were town planning, economic development, transport and infrastructure .

“One person can make a difference.”

Mr Lykke reflects on his career fondly, saying as a boy growing up in Port Adelaide he was inspired by a family friend, who he knew as uncle.

“He became a councillor and then Mayor and as a business proprietor in Port Adelaide, he was known to everyone and was highly respected for his fairness, honest and integrity… this had a strong influence on me,” said Mr Lykke.

“In a place like Port Adelaide, respect was something that didn’t come easy in the immediate post war period.”

Mr Lykke’s opportunity came 40 years later when based on Kangaroo Island, the then Mayor of Kingscote stood down and the supplementary election created a vacancy on Council which he filled in 1986.

Mr Lykke soon found there’s a lot of work to make change in small communities.

“Economic development became a necessity to support the Island economy which was then based on an ailing wool industry, a fishing fleet that was under pressure and a fledging tourist industry,” said Mr Lykke.

“Change has a way of coming, like it or not and I chaired the Island’s first economic development committee in 1987 that later became the KI development board.”

With ageing parents at Greenock and children leaving KI for work came a move for Mr Lykke to the Barossa and an interest in economic development kick started his involvement in the region and it was the creation of the first Barossa Review which prompted him to run for District Council of Tanunda in a supplementary election against two locals and he won.

“I could also see problems with heavy traffic mixing with tourism and thought I could make a difference,” said Mr Lykke.

He continued his interest in economic development and pushed for an economic development board for the Barossa and was the Tanunda Council representative on the Barossa Light Development Board when it was formed.