1968: New city mayor elected
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.