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Councillors clock up 20 years

Published: 13 April 2017

Councillors clock up 20 years

It’s 1997 - the internet is clunky and expensive, petrol is 66 cents a litre and three Logan City Councillors are beginning what would become a long career in local government.

Deputy Mayor Cherie Dalley and councillors Darren Power and Phil Pidgeon this month mark 20 years representing Logan.

They’ve been re-elected six times and have served under five mayors and watched the city transform into a metropolis of 300,000 people.

Public life hasn’t always been easy but each one of them feels they have made a worthwhile contribution.

Deputy Mayor Cherie Dalley

“Watching the community develop into a thriving, dynamic and truly compassionate city has been a highlight for me.”

“There have been other memorable moments but one of the best would be the construction of the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre.”

Councillor Phil Pidgeon    

“It has been an honour to be able to represent my residents and make their views heard at council.

“The challenge has been rewarding even though it does take a toll on my family at times, I’m very grateful to them for their sacrifices.”

Councillor Darren Power

“I got into council because I believe we needed better representation.

“I never knew how hard that would be to achieve but I’m proud of what I’ve done with council and I hope I have made a difference.”

The trio’s service was recognised at Tuesday’s ordinary meeting.

“Their combined 60 years’ of public service has made a huge difference to not only their divisions but the City of Logan as a whole,” Mayor Luke Smith said.

“It’s been a pleasure working with them and I look forward to seeing them thrive in their remaining time on council.”

Five more facts about 1997

Candle in the Wind by Elton John was the number one song on the ARIA charts (Barbie Girl by Aqua was second)

John Howard was the Prime Minister

The official interest rate was 5.5%

Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Michael Hutchence and Gianni Versace all died

You've now got Barbie Girl stuck in your head