Pres­i­dent, coun­cil­lors take up seats

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

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.

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