Paul Hawker has worn many hats: Campbelltown councillor; MACROC (Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils) president; Local Government Association of NSW director; and member of the the Ministerial Advisory Group for Fit to the Future.
Last week he added another feather to his cap — Campbelltown mayor.
A councillor since 2004, Mr Hawker took the reins from Cr Paul Lake, who completed his second term as mayor last Tuesday night.
The appointment was part of an arrangement made between Liberal Party councillors and several independents after the 2012 local government elections.
Cr Hawker said his experience had prepared him well for the top job.
‘‘I think I’ve done the hard yards,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve done my years on council and everyone of those years has been a learning process.’’
Cr Hawker — who ‘‘hit the ground running’’ — said there were several ‘‘goals’’ he’d like to achieve before his one-year term was complete.
‘‘I want to see the centre of excellence proceed — to bring that to fruition would be good,’’ he said.
‘‘I also want to get a commitment to commence the widening of Appin Road and Menangle Road as well as work on the Spring Farm Link Road.
‘‘Obviously they can’t be built in the next 12 months but it’s about mapping out public transport and the public road system.’’
Cr Alana Matheson — daughter of Macarthur MP Russell Matheson — was appointed deputy mayor.
Cr Hawker said it was the first time in about 40 years that the Liberals held both the mayor and deputy mayor positions on Campbelltown Council.
He also praised Cr Matheson who he described as ‘‘a bright young lady that Campbelltown should be proud of’’.