Councillor Michael (Bim) Lange has been recognised and congratulated by The Barossa Council for 40 years of service to Local Government as both an elected member and staff member of Local Government in South Australia.
Cr. Lange was presented with a certificate from the Local Government Association (LGA) in support of his hard work to the State.
Cr. Lange said he was drawn to working in Local Government since he is so passionate about the Barossa region and lifestyle.
“It’s the country lifestyle and the community side of things. Also the ability to have an opportunity to improve the quality of life that we have,” said Cr. Lange.
“It’s good to have visions, but you need a lot of people on board to implement it. It’s not a one man show, its collectively working together and having discussions with the community in those regards.
“I think the exciting thing about being involved in local government is to have a vision and look at the opportunities and ask questions of where do we want to go as a community into the future?”
Some of the projects Cr. Lange has been exceptionally proud of include the Warren Reservoir and the potential that will bring, the Barossa cycling hub and bike tracks, and also the new master projects which will be implemented over the next year.
He is excited by the new opportunities that are arising for the local residents’ wellbeing and lifestyle, as well as the increase in tourism attractions to the area.
Cr. Lange has always been passionate about Local Government. Previously, Cr. Lange was in the position of Director of Works and Engineering before moving into an elected member seat.
“I thought it was time to move from my previous role and come back as a councillor and still have that involvement and still be in a position to keep those visions alive,” said Cr. Lange.
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