MidCoast Council Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected

MidCoast Mayor David West and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.
MidCoast Mayor David West and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.

 

AT the first meeting of the new MidCoast Council, David West was elected mayor and Katheryn Smith as his deputy.

Tea Gardens Real EstateModern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected][/caption]
Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE

In an emotional address, Mayor West said he was immensely proud and very honoured to be selected to represent the region.

“It now falls to us to build this community together, I genuinely believe we have the skills to deliver to you a Council that you will be proud of,” he said.

“We are here for you to come and talk to, that is the heart of local government.”

The 11 Councillors had the sole responsibility of electing the mayor which was conducted as a preferential ballot.

Councillors Kathryn Bell, Brad Christensen, Jan McWilliams and Len Roberts also threw their hats into the ring, with three counts required to distribute preferences and determine the result.

A second preferential ballot was held to elect the deputy mayor from four hopeful nominees.

Speaking with News Of The Area, Gloucester’s Katheryn Smith said she is “very excited” about her new position.

“The overwhelming support was just amazing,” she said.

“The whole system has given me a little bit more faith, it shows that you don’t have to have a party background or the wealth to spend on a huge campaign to be elected.”

With plans to visit Bulahdelah regularly, Katheryn said she is looking forward to building a strong rapport with the community.

Katheryn will hold the deputy mayor position for 12 months.

“In September 2018, we will go through the same process again,” she said.

“I will have a good feel of the workload by then, and my peers will get a good feel of how I am performing.”

Mayor West, who has more than 20 years’ experience in local government, will hold the top position for two years.

During last week’s inaugural meeting at Taree, each of the Councillors were sworn in and took their Affirmation or Oath of Office.

Katheryn said the new Council “is a good mix of people, with some knowing the history of each area and others with fresh eyes”.

The Councillors now have a tough task ahead, moving one of the largest Councils in the state forward.

Katheryn believes harmonising policies and addressing the infrastructure backlog will be priorities.

 

MidCoast Council: Brad Christensen, Len Roberts, Karen Hutchinson, David Keegan, Claire Pontin, Troy Fowler, Kathryn Bell, Katheryn Smith, David West, Peter Epov and Jan McWilliams.
MidCoast Council: Brad Christensen, Len Roberts, Karen Hutchinson, David Keegan, Claire Pontin, Troy Fowler, Kathryn Bell, Katheryn Smith, David West, Peter Epov and Jan McWilliams.

 

Oath of Office: MidCoast Mayor David West.
Oath of Office: MidCoast Mayor David West.

 

Oath of Office: MidCoast Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.
Oath of Office: MidCoast Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.

 

Councillor Len Roberts takes his Oath of Office.
Councillor Len Roberts takes his Oath of Office.

 

Oath of Office: Councillor Jan McWilliams.
Oath of Office: Councillor Jan McWilliams.

 

Oath of Office: Councillor Karen Hutchison.
Oath of Office: Councillor Karen Hutchison.

 

Cr Karen Hutchison, Cr Len Roberts and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.
Cr Karen Hutchison, Cr Len Roberts and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith.

 

Newly elected Mayor, David West, makes an emotional address.
Newly elected Mayor, David West, makes an emotional address.

 

MidCoast Mayor David West and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith were surprised to be elected.
MidCoast Mayor David West and Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith were surprised to be elected.

 

Inaugural meeting of the new MidCoast Council at Taree Administration Offices.
Inaugural meeting of the new MidCoast Council at Taree Administration Offices.

 

Mayor David West addresses Council.
Mayor David West addresses Council.

 

Leave a Reply

Top