New deputy mayor easy for Bellingen

IT ONLY took a matter of minutes for Dorrigo councillor David Scott to be elected unopposed to the position of deputy mayor for the final 12 months of Bellingen Shire Council's four-year term.

The previous deputy, Cr

Kerry Child, told the Advocate on Tuesday that while she would have liked to have seen the full council term through as deputy, it was only fair to give Cr Scott a go. "It's a changing of the guard and that's fine," Cr Child said.

After the vote, the mayor, Cr Mark Troy, thanked Cr Child for the four years she had served as his deputy (one in the previous council's term and three in this council term).

"Cr Child has always made herself available to fill the mayoral role when I was not," Cr Troy said.

"I thank her for her support."

He then quipped that he was glad the council had not seen fit to "take the wheel-of-fortune approach like our neighbours".

Cr Troy was referring to the election last week by Coffs Harbour City councillors of five deputy mayors, each for a 10-week term.

The Coffs Harbour mayor, Keith Rhoades, has since indicated he plans to try to rescind that motion, saying proper process had not been used.



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