Councillors to decide on new mayoral job

MEET YOUR COUNCIL: The representatives of the Shire of Strathbogie, new and returning, were officially announced at the council offices last Wednesday. Pictured are John Mason, Deb Swan, Kate Stothers, Alistair Thomson, Amanda McClaren, Mick Williams and Malcolm Little. PHOTO: Will Murray

THE results of the council elections for 2016 were officially announced, and the new and returning councillors were welcomed to their new role last week.
All of the elected members were invited to address the small group who gathered in the council chambers for the announcement.
Without exception, those elected thanked their constituents for the opportunity to represent them, and were enthusiastic and optimistic about the future of the region.
“Putting yourself forward is not an easy thing to do,” Lake Nagambie Ward councillor-elect Deb Swan said.
“I congratulate all here today, and all those who nominated, on being brave enough to really put your money where your mouth is and give it a go,” she said.
Newly elected Seven Creeks representative John Mason said he was ‘gobsmacked’ to have been successful in his bid.
“So many candidates ran very good campaigns,” Mr Mason said.
“It’s a real honour and a surprise to have been elected, and I now look forward to being part of this dynamic team.
“Mistakes can be expensive.
“We are now working on behalf of the people of the shire, and with ratepayers’ money.
“That is a responsibility that must be respected.”
Malcolm Little, who is returning to his seat of Hughes Creek Ward, congratulated his opponent Colette Geier on a well-run race, and welcomed the new members to the council.

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