Cr Duncan McInnes has been elected as Deputy Mayor of the Scenic Rim.
While Mayor Greg Christensen retains the chairmanship of the Local Government Disaster Management Group, new Councillor and former SES Co-ordinator, Jeff McConnell, was elected as Deputy Chair.
Cr McInnes, begins his third term in the same year he was awarded an OAM for services to the community and the dairying industry.
On his election as Deputy Mayor, he said after eight years experience with the Council, he believes he has something to contribute.
“First I want to congratulate my fellow Councillors on their election and acknowledge the work done by former Councillors Rick Stanfield, Nigel Waistell and Nadia O’Carroll.”
Cr McInnes added that it would be interesting to see how the new Councillors perform in their roles.
“While we may have different views on some issues, I look forward to us working together as a team on behalf of our communities.
“What we’re facing after the bushfires and drought of last year and the Covid-19 pandemic at the present time, I know we have a long way to go to get of it and we have to help and support our people as much as we can while remaining fiscally responsible as a Council.”
Council’s post election meeting was closed to the public and held by teleconference between the Councillors.
“I’m looking forward to having face to face meetings as soon as possible,” Cr McInnes said.
Cr Jeff McConnell is also looking forward to his role as Deputy Chair of the Disaster Management Committee.
“We have many challenges ahead of us,” said Cr McConnell, “and after the past few years battling with flood, drought, fires and now the Covid-19 virus which have all severely impacted our region both economically and environmentally, I believe that we will be able to face these challenges head on and come out stronger as a community,” he said.
“Now is the time for the Mayor and Councillors to work as a team to bring the region together, forming a stronger and more resilient community through fair and equitable rates and services.”