PROUD MOMENT: Newly sworn-in councillors Dave Clarke, Kevin Collins, Andrew Willcox, John Collins and Jan Clifford (back) and deputy mayor Peter Ramage and mayor Jennifer Whitney (front).
PROUD MOMENT: Newly sworn-in councillors Dave Clarke, Kevin Collins, Andrew Willcox, John Collins and Jan Clifford (back) and deputy mayor Peter Ramage and mayor Jennifer Whitney (front).

New council and deputy sworn in

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council started a four-year term on Friday May 11 when new mayor Jennifer Whitney and her team of councillors were officially sworn in after joining the payroll on May 9.

Jennifer Anne Whitney, Janet Louise Clifford, Kevin John Collins, John William Patrick Collins, Peter Brian Ramage, David John Clarke and Andrew John Willcox all took the oath of office in accordance with the Local Government Act.

Next on the agenda was the election of deputy mayor which Cr Whitney moved should be an annually rotating position, giving more than one councillor the opportunity to take on the role.

Cr Clifford and Cr Ramage were both nominated for the role for the next 12 months with Cr Ramage elected with a result of four votes to two.

Cr Clifford and Cr Kevin Collins voted for Cr Clifford.

Crs Ramage, Clarke, Willcox and John Collins voted for Cr Ramage.

Cr Whitney said Crs Clifford and Ramage were "both absolutely wonderful candidates".

"I'm very happy to work alongside Cr Ramage," she said.

The final matter up for discussion was the proposal of portfolios for councillors.

Cr Whitney said a portfolio system would empower councillors and allow them to properly engage with both the community and the press.

The motion was passed with portfolios expected to be allocated in the very near future.

The first ordinary meeting of the new council was held yesterday in Bowen with postal voting, the Airlie main street, water and sewage and council's internal workings all on the agenda.

A motion to review council's organisational structure was passed by four votes to three, which Cr Whitney said was "just fantastic".

"This is exactly the reason I've been voted in - to create the one region and bring about organisational change," she said.

A motion to establish a review of the water and sewerage treatment plants was not so successful, being defeated by five votes to two.

Councillors' Pay

Mayor - $109,719

Deputy mayor - $68,575

Councillors - $58,288

Council also pays

12 per cent employer superannuation contribution


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