Councillors Alex Monk and Brian Keenan will put their hands up for mayor of Moira Shire at an election tonight.JESSICA GRIMBLE November 7, 2012 4:00am
Councillors Alex Monk and Brian Keenan will put their hands up for mayor of Moira Shire.
Newcomer Kevin Bourke, who gained the most votes in last month’s election, could also be in the mix for the top job.
The new nine-person council took an oath of office last week and will elect their leader at a special meeting tonight.
Immediate past mayor Cr Monk said the role was one which brought her great enjoyment.
She said it was a privilege to lobby state and federal governments on behalf of the community.
Cr Monk wanted to promote more community engagement between councillors and residents.
‘‘I want to try and get better community engagement happening by taking the councillors out to the smaller communities,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s not always a matter of the people coming to us — we need to go to them.’’
Cr Keenan said the newly elected council was a good balance of people representing towns across the shire.
He said a mayor had not come from Yarrawonga for at least the past 10 years, and sometimes the town felt removed from the rest of the shire.
‘‘The way to encourage the people of Yarrawonga is to include them, and the way to include them is to have a mayor in their town,’’ Cr Keenan said.
Cr Bourke was keeping his cards close to his chest.
But he acknowledged that topping the poll was ‘‘humbling’’ and he was overwhelmed by the support he received.
‘‘I’m the first to admit I have fired some bullets over the years, but now it’s time to throw my hat in the ring,’’ he said in reference to being elected to council.
Cr Wendy Buck said she would nominate for deputy mayor — a position the council can opt to appoint.
Crs Marie Martin and Don McPhee want to focus on learning the ropes as new councillors.
Crs Peter Mansfield, Gary Cleveland and Ed Cox did not return calls before the Courier went to press.
Residents can attend tonight’s meeting at 6
The election will be by show of hands, unless councillors opt for a secret ballot.
Firefighters are trying to put out a blaze, which has spread to two houses on Casey St in Tatura.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
A WORKING group has been formed to tackle Moama’s housing problems.
ROCHESTER’S mums and bubs fitness class is only in its third week but it has already doubled its enrolment numbers, blowing organisers’ expectations out of the water.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
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