The Central Highlands Regional Council held its first meeting today, after new and returning councillors took their oath under strict social distancing measures at the Emerald council chambers.
Mayor Kerry Hayes, returning unopposed for his second term, welcomed new councillors to the team and thanked the outgoing ones for their hard work.
‘I look forward to each of the new and returning councillors bringing their knowledge, experience and aspirations to the table of the people,’ Cr Hayes said.
‘My hope is that, at the end of this term, we can look back over the four years with great pride and know that we did the very best for the people of this region.’
First on the meeting agenda was the election of Deputy Mayor, with Cr Christine Rolfe appointed to the role.
Mayor Hayes congratulated Cr Rolfe on her appointment and thanked second candidate Cr Gai Sypher.
‘It’s reassuring that we have strong people in our group who will all have the opportunity to be leaders to our community,’ he said.
‘Both candidate Cr Sypher and appointed Deputy Mayor Cr Rolfe bring a lot of experience and knowledge to our council.’
Council then discussed its ongoing meeting schedule and appointments to external and internal boards and committees. It will make details available via its website in due course.
The councillors are:
- Mayor Kerry Hayes
- Deputy Mayor Christine Rolfe
- Cr Charles Brimblecombe
- Cr Joseph Burns
- Cr Anne Carpenter
- Cr Natalie Curtis
- Cr Megan Daniels
- Cr Janice Moriarty
- Cr Gai Sypher