THE newly elected Central Highlands Regional Council was officially sworn in at a special ceremony in Emerald this week.
Mayor Kerry Hayes and eight councillors made their Declaration of Office in front of family and friends before the post-election meeting on Wednesday, marking the commencement of their four-year term.
Returning councillors Paul Bell AM, Gail Nixon, Gail Godwin-Smith and Charlie Brimblecombe join new councillors Megan Daniels, David Lacey, Alan McIndoe and Christine Rolfe.
During the meeting, Cr Godwin-Smith was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Mayor Hayes acknowledged the contribution of outgoing councillors Gai Sypher, Kevin Cracknell, Kevin Pickersgill and Peter Maundrell, as well as the retirement of long-term councillor and mayor Peter Maguire.
‘I believe that the success of any good council can be firstly and foremostly attributed to their willingness to work as a team for the good of the entire region,’ Cr Hayes said.
‘It’s a real privilege to represent the Central Highlands and its people, and I look forward to the challenges and developments of the next four years.’
Council representatives for external and internal committees, boards and organisations will be discussed and appointed at the next council meeting, which will be held in Emerald on 12 April 2016 at 2.00 pm.
Councillor contact details are now available on the council website www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au
For the detailed results of the 2016 Local Government Elections visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s website www.ecq.qld.gov.au
Your new Central Highlands Regional Council:
Mayor Kerry Hayes
Deputy Mayor Councillor Gail Godwin-Smith
Councillor Paul Bell AM
Councillor Charlie Brimblecombe
Councillor Megan Daniels
Councillor David Lacey
Councillor Alan McIndoe
Councillor Gail Nixon
Councillor Christine Rolfe