Along with Councillor Henry Barlow, Intaj Khan has also dropped out of the upcoming election.
Here is his FULL MEDIA STATEMENT:
I am proud to have served our community as a Councillor for the Wyndham City Council for eight years and even prouder of the journey we have shared as a Wyndham community.
It is not easy to welcome so many new people to our area and, on the whole, we have done very well.
Wyndham community needs strong leaders with a sound understanding of both economics and needs of business to repair the damage to local livelihoods as a result of COVID-19. I urge local residents to support candidates who can work to rebuild our local economy and contribute towards local job creation.
Having held the Economic Development and Urban Future portfolio, I feel I have contributed to the creating opportunities to everyone who moves here, whether from across the city or across the globe. I am proud that my success has been an inspiration to others and motivated them to move to our local area. When people speak of this, it is a truly humbling experience.
The leadership of the Council under Mayor Josh Gilligan and CEO Kelly Grisby has brought strength to the Council organisationally and I wish them both well going forward including great friend Cr Heather Marcus.
I am proud of our South Asian communities, of which I am a part, and the positive role we are playing in making Wyndham a uniquely diverse community full of opportunity and optimism. I was proud to be elected in 2012 as the first Australian Muslim Councillor to represent Wyndham City Council and have worked to represent the migrant community and help with the many challenges they face.
Most recently, I have fought for the $100 rate rebate to help struggling families and $50 to pensioners on the top state rebate. I would like Councillors to have supported my 10% rate cut plan to boost local employment but it was not to be.
It is because of my commitment to local businesses and the jobs they provide that I must now leave Local Government. I feel that I must use my skills and channel my focus to the economic repair that simply has to occur in Melbourne’s western suburbs. If the Council cannot be part of the solution, then I need to look elsewhere to achieve the important goal of getting local residents back into work.
My vision of Werribee South being the next Gold Coast is a sign of the optimism and can-do attitude that we need in our local community.
I am not leaving politics. I am just pursuing what I see as the most challenging issue facing our community and the answer to this challenge lies outside of the local council. We must create local jobs and opportunities. This is my most urgent priority.
Wyndham must become an innovation and start-up City; a place where we back our young people to “have a go”. One day all of this will be up to them, but what they will have to work with is up to us.