LOCAL government has paid tribute to outgoing Premier Ted Baillieu, while also expressing a desire to build a relationship with new leader Denis Napthine.
City of Ballarat Mayor John Burt said he was disappointed to hear about Mr Baillieu’s resignation.
“It will be our aim to establish a relationship with Premier Denis Napthine, which I know is positive already,” Councillor Burt said.
“We will work very hard to continue to build that relationship.
City of Ballarat Councillor Samantha McIntosh congratulated Mr Baillieu on his time as Premier and and welcomed Dr Napthine.
She said she hoped Dr Napthine’s background as Minister for Regional Cities would put Ballarat in a strong position.
“He’s familiar with Ballarat, he’s been very supportive and present for numerous conversations and I’m sure that will continue,” she said, reiterating the importance of a good relationship between state and local government.
“As premier, hopefully he will strengthen our opportunities as a regional centre even more. I certainly look forward to what he will be able to contribute to us locally.”
Councillor Burt said it was essential for Ballarat to have a good working relationship with the state government.
“We will do anything to support Denis Napthine and the present state government...
“We can work with whomever but it is essential we work together.”