Thursday 29 September 2016
Councillor Kristy McBain is straight down to work as Mayor of the Bega Valley Shire.
At an extraordinary meeting of Council yesterday (Wednesday) Cr McBain was successfully nominated by Crs Sharon Tapscott and Mitchell Nadin.
Cr Tony Allen was nominated for mayor by Crs Robyn Bain and Russell Fitzpatrick, but lost to Cr McBain six votes to three.
Cr Liz Seckold was unopposed as Deputy Mayor, and successfully returned to the position.
In her first official duty as Mayor, Cr McBain attended the Police Remembrance Day Service at St John’s Church in Bega today, laying a wreath with Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes.
Cr McBain comes to the position having worked on Council for the four years previous; her first day in the mayoral office was spent re-energising ideas and relationships established during that time.
“I bring a ‘can do’ approach, with an ambition to see continued improvements to the Shire’s streets, sporting and play spaces, economic growth and environmental management,” Cr McBain said.
Cr McBain urged the new Council to deliver on projects commenced by the previous Council, including the Port of Eden development, and the Merimbula Airport expansion.
“Every Councillor has a role to play over the next four years and under my leadership we will work together in delivering a strategic direction and vision for the Council,” she said.
In reflecting on her rise to the top job, Cr McBain acknowledged the contribution made by councillors not returning to the chamber - Michael Britten, Bill Taylor, Keith Hughes and Anne Mahwinney.
“These are people who have given an extraordinary amount of themselves in the service of this community,” Cr McBain said.
“Their time, energy and thinking cannot be overstated and deserves our respect.”
Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will serve for a two year term.
Photo: Cr Kristy McBain and General Manager, Leanne Barnes prepare to lay a wreath on behalf of the Shire at Police Remembrance Day.