It will be no surprise to residents of Moira Shire when they hear that Cr Edward Cox from Cobram has been nominated for the Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award in the 2017 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
The energetic councillor has a long and active history of engagement in many facets of community life.
Cr Cox has worked closely with a wide range of local businesses, community groups and private organisations as well as key government agencies.
He has served with distinction at Cobram Primary School, Cobram Harness Racing, Cobram Junior Soccer Association, Cobram Showgrounds Committee, Moira Shire Council and the Murray River Group of Councils.
‘‘I was very pleased to hear about the nomination,’’ Cr Cox said as he reflected on his various roles.
‘‘It’s a great honour and I am very proud of that,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve had great support from the community and I can’t thank them enough.
‘‘Since I first stood for council in 2003, I have been successful every time since, being mayor four times and I think that’s a great honour and a proud achievement.’’
Cr Cox said he had thoroughly enjoyed his different roles.
‘‘I have really enjoyed being a councillor and representing the community — not just Cobram, but Moira — especially when I’ve been mayor and you get the chance to talk to all sorts of people.
‘‘I’ve been very lucky, I’ve been able to talk to quite a few influential people over the years and I’ve had some successes.
‘‘In my eyes, when we are trying to be positive and trying to have a vision for the future, the vision is something that has to be achievable.
‘‘As long as you’re honest and you stick to a common sense approach — I am a farmer — I don’t think you can go far wrong.
‘‘I think the community has shown its faith in me by electing me successfully over the years.
‘‘It’s about achievements but also about how you present yourself to the community.’’
Cr Cox served as the inaugural chairman of the Murray River Group of Councils after being instrumental in its formation.
‘‘That’s been a great tool for our council — we have a common interest with the six-council group,’’ he said.
‘‘And once we hooked in with the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils on the NSW side of the river, that gave us two dozen councils.
‘‘It gave us a greater voice and I got on extremely well with everyone on those councils.
‘‘With the showgrounds at Cobram I had the privilege of helping to set things up with the council for the Section 86 committee of management.
‘‘And now the showgrounds has a great soccer ground and a terrific cricket ground, too.
‘‘The trotting club was probably one of my first community involvements, apart from the show society where dad was involved on the committee as well,’’ Cr Cox said.
‘‘My job in the early days was selling racebooks,’’ he said.
‘‘At the Cobram show dad would be there and we would just go along, we would just help.
‘‘We didn’t call it volunteering, we just got in and did the job.’’
- Grahame Whyte