Ian Maddison was last night elected mayor of Campaspe Shire. Portfolios were also allocated to the other eight councillors.TRENT HORNEMAN November 14, 2012 4:40am
Ian Maddison is Campaspe Shire’s new mayor.
Cr Maddison was elected to the role at a meeting in Echuca last night after being elected to council in last month’s local government election.
Western Ward councillor Greg Toll was named deputy mayor.
Each will fill the role for 12 months.
Cr Maddison said while he had inherited a ‘‘good ship in good shape’’, it was important to ‘‘take the ship out of the harbour’’.
‘‘The ship is safe when it is in the harbour, but that is not what a ship is built for. We have to use this magnificent ship out in the community,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no doubt there is a perception of a void between council and the community it serves.
Cr Maddison also spoke about the need to support the shire’s farmers.
‘‘These people have been shattered, battered from pillar to post, with drought, irrigation reform, flood and the Regional Rural Land Use Strategy,’’ he said.
‘‘After these wall-to-wall issues, farmers will have little confidence left to carry out their work, but we have to look out for their future, because they are the biggest contributors to our shire.’’
As councillors congratulated each other on being officially sworn in to office, they were also called on to vote on several items.
They agreed on an annual remuneration of $22,405 for councillors and $69,325 for the mayor.
Councillors were also assigned portfolios: planning, building and local laws (Adrian Weston), commercial (Carol Howell), environment and waste (Greg Toll), economic development and tourism (Paul Jarman), community places and programs (Robert Danieli), roads (Neil Pankhurst), community care (Emma Bradbury) and flood recovery and emergency management (Leigh Wilson).
Councillors will sit for their first official council meeting on Tuesday.
Jan and Peter Wallace will attend the most emotional Anzac Day dawn service there is.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE's student of the year at her graduation this month.
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