Ian Maddison was last night elected mayor of Campaspe Shire. Portfolios were also allocated to the other eight councillors.By Trent Horneman
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.
Goulburn Valley Health’s renal patients have seven new hand-sewn quilts to call their own.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
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Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
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