Who will be mayor?

INDUCTION: Councillors Liz Seckold, Tony Allen, Mitchell Nadin, Sharon Tapscott, Cathy Griff, Kristy McBain, Russell Fitzpatrick and Robyn Bain.Local government will be back in full swing on Wednesday, with the shire’s next mayor to serve an inaugural two-year term.
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Council’s general managerLeanne Barneswas looking forward to collaborating with the new councillors.

“I have contacted the newly-elected councillors by phone and am writing to all councillors on behalf of council staff to congratulate them on their election, and I know we will all work closely together to achieve outcomes for the community,” Ms Barnes said.

This year’s election saw previous councillors, Tony Allen, Kristy McBain, Sharon Tapscott, Russell FitzpatrickandLizSeckoldreturnedtotheirpositions.

Joining them in the shire’snew-looklocalgovernmentare JoDodds,Robyn Bain, Mitchell Nadin and Cathy Griff.

Many councillors remained tight-lipped during their induction onMonday when asked who would be putting their hand up for the role of mayor, but Ms Bain and Ms Griff confirmedthey would not be running.

The electioncomes at a time when the state government has pushed for a greater focus on councils forging partnerships with government agencies, other service providers, business and community groups.

While the media has focused on the state government’s controversial council amalgamations, theincrease to a two-year mayoral term and other amendments are also part of the Fit for the Future package.

Annual elections were seen to“create unnecessary instability and the risk that councillors will simply ‘take turns’ rather than taking the role seriously”.

The reforms aimto “improve the performance, transparency, governance and accountability of local councils in NSW”,with advancing“community cohesion” becoming a primary part of the amended role of mayor.

Council has invited the public to attend tomorrow’s meeting at 2pm at theBega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre,which will be the first time councillors are required to take an oath or affirmation of officer prior to taking up their role.

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