Weston wins second term

November 22, 2017

Deputy mayor Vicki Neele, mayor Adrian Weston and chief executive Jason Russell.

COUNCILLOR Adrian Weston is staying in the top job at Campaspe Shire.

He was re-elected as mayor last Tuesday night for his second term after a unanimous vote and said he was ready to ‘‘roll up his sleeves and get in to it’’.

‘‘I feel quite privileged to be voted in again and thank my fellow councillors for showing their support and confidence in me,’’ Cr Weston said.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to return as mayor to lead the council team for the next 12 months.

‘‘I look forward to building on my experience of the past year and believe a second term as mayor will be productive allowing the council to progress many of the strategies and plans under way.’’

Cr Weston said the first 12 months of a new council involved a lot of planning.

‘‘There is a lot of induction and planning in the first 12 months in getting things like our council plan right so for the next 12 months it is really time to roll up our sleeves and get in to it,’’ he said.

‘‘It is time to deliver on that planning and hopefully that translates to great outcomes for the whole of Campaspe.’’

Cr Weston urged all residents to engage with council.

‘‘It is the best way we can get better at transparency, which we have really shown in the first 12 months is something we pride ourselves on,’’ he said.

‘‘Working together and having great relationships is also really important and something we will continue.’’

Cr Vicki Neele was elected deputy mayor replacing Cr Leanne Pentreath.

Other items on the agenda included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the mayor and chief executive, the setting of mayor and councillor allowances, nominations to committees as the council representative and councillor portfolios.

In line with the Local Government Act, the mayoral allowance was set at $76,521 and councillor allowance at $24,730.

Councillors also accepted portfolios of responsibility for the next 12 months.

The portfolio structure is designed to help council benefit from individual councillors’ expertise in specific areas.

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