This week acting premier Jackie Trad visited the pristine Wellesley Island region to meet with Mornington Shire Council.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Isaacs said the visit was to support council’s plans to improve health, education and sustainability.

“We are always extremely excited to welcome the acting premier to showcase all of the remarkable things happening on the ground,” Cr. Isaacs said.

Ms Trad inspected major infrastructure works built by local indigenous employees, sighted proposed locations for upcoming works and discussed the major changes to the alcohol management plan and service delivery review.

Ms Trad said she was “pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with council and I commend them for all of the hard work being done and what has been achieved”.

“Mornington Island is one of the first communities I’ve been able to visit as the new Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and I’ve been very impressed with the passion and dedication shown by Bradley, Sarah and all the councillors,” Ms Trad said.

“We had a great meeting and I know that this community has got really big ideas and a big vision for their future and its fantastic to see and be here.”

Cr. Isaacs said the visit “only highlights Mornington Shire Council are making big moves in the local government arena and we are only just getting started”.

“It’s not often we have such distinguished company come and visit and for Hon. Jackie Trad to make the long trip up here and have that honest conversation I feel is a positive start to a longstanding relationship,” Cr Isaacs said.

“Our residents are driving change and working hard to strengthen the region.

“Our vision is supported by highly ranked government officials and this gives further clarification – Mornington Shire Council are in an exciting space and moving in the right direction,” she said.