1968: New city mayor elected

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Cr John Dade, who was elected Mayor of the City of Be­nalla at a spe­cial meet­ing last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, said he was sure that his mother, who was the mayor of a town in Eng­land, would have been pleased to know that he had fol­lowed in her foot­steps here in Australia.

Cr Ray Cog­ger was elected as the first ever Deputy Mayor of the City.

All coun­cil­lors were present, and a num­ber of towns­peo­ple also at­tended.

Re­tir­ing Mayor PW Mes­sen­ger was in the chair, and called for nom­i­na­tions for the hon­oured po­si­tion.

Cr Ian Ban­field said it gave him great plea­sure to nom­i­nate Cr Dade, whom he said had been in the coun­cil for six years and had re­cently con­tested an elec­tion, and had re­ceived a great vote of con­fi­dence from ratepay­ers.

He said Cr Dade was a very coura­geous coun­cil­lor, and was very forth­right. He said he had learnt lo­cal gov­ern­ment from back to front since com­ing into coun­cil.

The nom­i­na­tion was sec­onded by Cr Ray Cog­ger.

Cr Dade was duly in­stalled by Cr Mes­sen­ger with Crs Ban­field and Ben­ni­son as­sist­ing to ad­just the robes of of­fice.

Cr Dade said he was greatly hon­oured to be elected Mayor of the City. He said he had given a great amount of thought in ac­cept­ing what would be rather a de­mand­ing job.

He said the coun­cil had de­cided to ap­point a Deputy Mayor, and be­cause of this he had de­cided to ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Cr Dade also said it was go­ing to be very hard to fol­low those who had served as mayor but he would do his best to main­tain the stan­dards set by them.

Also in The En­sign this week in 1968:

Vic­to­rian Premier Sir Henry

■Bolte was sched­uled to of­fi­cially open Lake Nil­lah­cootie on Septem­ber 5.

Lo­cal wheat-grow­ers protested the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed sta­bil­i­sa­tion scheme.

A pro­posal to hold a sec­ond Rose Fes­ti­val in Be­nalla each year was put to coun­cil.

A fire in the back of an empty truck caused $17 000 of dam­age just north of Be­nalla.

600 Mel­bourne school­boys at­tended mil­i­tary train­ing at Be­nalla Aero­drome.

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