Well, the electorate has spoken and the City of Darwin has a new Lord Mayor.
I was elected in 2012 to be this wonderful City’s 9th Lord Mayor, to lead its 21st Council. I followed in my late father, Alec Fong Lim’s footsteps into public life and civic leadership. I believe I have done a good job and made my family proud and really, that is all that someone can wish for.
My record of achievements in this role will stand the test of time from the establishment of the City Centre Masterplan to the duplication of Lee Point Rd, Lighting Malak Oval, the Nightcliff Foreshore Café, Bicentennial Park Playspace, LAUNCH Youth Events, reconstruction of Jingili Skatepark, Safer, Vibrant Darwin Plan and many more. As Chairman of the Capital City Lord Mayors in 2016 I extracted a commitment from the Prime Minister that every Capital City that wanted one, would be offered a City Deal. This is still to come to fruition. I am also looking forward to the opening of the newly redeveloped Parap Pool, a $15 million investment into the community.
I worked full time, averaging around 70 hours per week, up to 21 community events per month, and chaired over 100 Council meetings. I also presided over around 60 Citizenship Ceremonies welcoming around 2,000 new citizens. I have never tried to count up how many selfies I have taken, but I certainly have had fun taking them.
Where to now for KFL?
Well, I’m going to have a little rest, clean up my study that has not had any attention for many weeks. If you follow me on facebook you would have seen that I’ve been enjoying showing my American host mother the sights.
I am open to opportunities that may come my way.
Eventually I cancomplete an update in my adult training qualifications and then capitalise on both my financial management and governance skills to offer niche training in those areas. By January 2018 Katrina Fong Lim & Associates will be back in business.
Live Long and Prosper,