New mayor and deputy for Mitchell Shire
Mitchell Shire has a new mayor with Cr Louise Bannister elected in to the role last week.
At the same time Cr Nathan Clark was elected as deputy-mayor.
Cr Bannister grew up on a farm near Seymour and has lived in Mitchell Shire for the past 10 years with her partner Patrick and son Hamish.
She said she’s keen to work with the community to advocate for much needed infrastructure and services in Mitchell Shire.
“I want to take this opportunity to show people that you can be an advocate and a voice for your community along with the other important aspects of your life,” she said.
“Our council needs to reflect the diverse nature of our communities. More ideas mean better outcomes for Mitchell Shire.
“I hope to encourage more people to consider running for election for local government.”
Cr Clark lives in Kilmore with his wife and two daughters and said he’s particularly concerned with the liveability of communities as they grow.
He also said he passionate about the history of Kilmore and dealing with the impact of heavy vehicles on the town’s main street.
“In the final year of the council term I hope to encourage a greater appetite for risk in the organisation,” he said.
“There are many opportunities to be explored and I look forward to speaking to and hearing from the community about them.
“I will also spend the year ahead encouraging high quality candidates to come forward and represent Mitchell at the next election.”
Outgoing Mayor Cr Fiona Stevens congratulated Cr Bannister and Cr Clark and thanked fellow councillors for their support during her term as mayor.
“I must acknowledge the dedication of my fellow councillors and council staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the year,” she said.
“Together we’ve shaped strategic documents, engaged the community, and improved our emergency preparedness.
“Your commitment has been the driving force behind our accomplishments.”