Councillor Peter Kelly has been announced as the new Cabinet Member at Preston City Council.Advertisement
Kelly, councillor for Riversway Ward since 2014, will be the Cabinet Member for Preston’s cultural and leisure services which includes the Harris Museum, leisure centres, the sport development and health teams and the events programme.
He has been living in Preston since 2003 after leaving his home of Sydney, Australia.
Councillor Peter Kelly, 49, said: “It’s a tremendous honour to serve the people of Preston. I’m extremely proud of Preston. Ten years ago I’d have said my home was Australia but now I say Preston is my home!
“It’s a fantastic city with so much to offer. Culture and community are at the heart of what makes Preston the proud city it is. We have an amazing mix of cultures and heritage, which really gives Preston a unique edge.
“The challenge is to build on this and expand what the city offers at a time when Council funding is being cut. Though with every challenge there’s also an opportunity for new thinking and new ways of working that can still make an impact.
“The Harris is a great example of this. By working in partnership with the arts sector, local communities and Lancashire County Council we can transform the Harris into a premier attraction, not just for Lancashire but for the North West as a whole.
“It’s about working differently in a more dynamic and joined up way. Using our influence, listening to people who have a genuine passion and interest in culture, arts and sports in Preston and working with them to make a difference.
“I’m relishing the opportunity and will bring total dedication and enthusiasm to the role – as well as an Australian sense of humour.”