Cr Keith Rhoades with Cr Genia McCaffery at yesterday’s ceremony.
Cr Keith Rhoades with Cr Genia McCaffery at yesterday’s ceremony.

Keith's now chained to the top job

THIS is the picture worth a thousand words for Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades.

At lunchtime yesterday he was handed the chains of office after his elevation to the presidency of the influential Local Government Association of NSW.

Presenting him with the presidential chains was the outgoing president, Genia McCaffery, who did not seek re-election after six years at the helm.

“Cr Rhoades has been a hard-working member of the LGA executive and is a much-admired and hard-working mayor in the city of Coffs Harbour,” said Cr McCaffery, who is North Sydney Mayor.

“I wish him every success in his new role as LGA president.”

Cr Rhoades was elected to the top job at the LGA annual conference in Albury.

“I am very honoured to have been chosen by councillors across NSW to represent them as their Local Government Association president,” he said.

“This is an enormous responsibility at a time when local government issues are of critical importance.

“I look forward to working with my fellow executive members to represent the councils of NSW as we continue to push for better federal and state government funding for our local services and infrastructure and greater recognition of the important role that local government has to play.”

Cr Rhoades has been a Coffs Harbour City councillor since September 1991 and became mayor in March 2004. He is also the Sawtell Fire Station commander and in 2005 was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.



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