Councillor Lisa Ruffell was elected the new City of Greater Bendigo mayor at a special council meeting on Monday night.By Bronwyn Beyers
Councillor Lisa Ruffell has been elected mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo.
Councillors selected Cr Ruffell as the new mayor at a special council meeting on Monday night at the Bendigo Town Hall.
Greater Bendigo Council has used the mayor-elect process for many years as a way of preparing for the formal meeting.
Councillors Rod Fyffe, Rod Campbell, Mark Weragoda, Helen Leach, Elisa Chapman, Barry Lyons, Peter Cox and James Williams were also formally sworn in as councillors.
Cr Ruffell was first elected to council in 2008 and was returned as one of three councillors to represent the newly formed Whipstick Ward at this year’s October 27 poll.
A successful and active local businesswoman with a diverse range of qualifications and experiences, Cr Ruffell was awarded the 2000 Australian Federation of Business and Professional Woman Incorporated Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and was a finalist in the 2000 BPW Victorian Business Woman of the Year Awards.
She was a member of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Committee, which forged closer links between Victoria Police and the City of Greater Bendigo community, and has raised funds for the Bendigo and Heathcote hospitals.
The newly elected Eppalock Ward councillors have also been busy over the last week making the transition from local resident to local representative.
Experienced councillor Rod Campbell was also re-elected, while newcomers Mark Weragoda and Helen Leach are looking forward to learning the ropes and getting to know the Heathcote region better with Cr Campbell.
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.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
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