President, councillors take up seats
FORMER Waroona shire president Michael Walmsley has been voted unopposed for a return to the top job at the first meeting of the new Waroona Shire Council.
Newly elected councillors Naomi Purcell and returning councillors Larry Scott, Noel Dew and Cr Walmsley were sworn into council last Tuesday.
Cr Scott was re-elected unopposed as deputy shire president.
Cr Walmsley previously served on the council for nine years and as deputy shire president and shire president for two years each before stepping down from council in 2011.
Cr Walmsley said he had a number of issues he wanted to focus on, in particular to keep rates down in the face of increasing costs facing local governments.
“I know we can’t keep expecting our ratepayers to keep up with our costs of government, it always keeps coming back to rates and it’s in everyone’s mind,” he said.
“If we are going to keep going as we are, we need to really figure out ways of generating income, cutting costs or doing what we do better, and there’s always room for improvement.”
Outgoing shire president Noel Dew will continue as a councillor but did not nominate for president.
Cr Dew said he thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his time as shire president which had included four two-year terms as part of his 19 years on the council.
“We’ve been through some tough times but everyone stuck together, it’s a very resilient community and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work for the people,” he said.
Cr Dew said he had known and worked with Cr Walmsley for many years.
“He supported me when I was shire president and we maintained good contact, worked well with one another and still do,” he said.
Newly elected Waroona deputy shire president Larry Scott, shire president Michael Walmsley and councillors Noel Dew and Naomi Purcell took up their seats on the Waroona Shire Council last Tuesday.