14 November 2017 - Media release
Waranga Ward Councillor Adrian Weston was tonight re-elected Campaspe Shire Mayor for another one-year term at a special meeting of council.
Cr Weston was unanimously elected to the post, after leading the nine-member council since November last year.
On acceptance, Cr Weston thanked his fellow councillors for showing their support and confidence to his nomination.
“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 underway,” Cr Weston said.
Kyabram Deakin Ward Councillor Vicki Neele was elected Deputy Mayor, replacing Councillor Leanne Pentreath.
Cr Neele was pleased to receive the support of all councillors.
"I look forward to supporting Cr Weston in his role as Mayor and working across the community," Cr Neele said.
Other items on the agenda included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer, the setting of Mayor and councillor allowances, nominations to committees as the council representative and councillor portfolios.
Cr Weston said the MOU outlines the working relationship between the Mayor and CEO and is important to the good governance of the council.
“It outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Mayor and CEO, mutual expectations, how we will keep each other briefed and updated, managing media, dispute resolution and other matters,” he said.
In line with the Local Government Act, the Mayor allowance was set at $76,521 and councillor allowance at $24,730.
Councillors accepted portfolios of responsibility for the next 12 months. The portfolio structure is designed to help council as a whole benefit from individual councillors’ expertise and passion in specific areas.
“The portfolios will help councillors develop their understanding is areas of interest, in addition to their ward duties,” Cr Weston said.
Portfolios accepted are:
Cr Adrian Weston Natural resource management
Cr Daniel Mackrell Economic development
Cr Kristen Munro Youth and early years
Cr Vicki Neele Tourism and arts
Cr Neil Pankhurst Planning and building
Cr Leanne Pentreath Health and wellbeing, Sport and recreation
Cr Annie Vickers Emergency management
Cr Leigh Wilson Waste and renewables
Cr John Zobec Roads