Ash­bur­ton Shire opts for sta­tus quo

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

An in­land Pil­bara coun­cil has opted for main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo by ap­point­ing the same pres­i­dent and deputy pres­i­dent for their third con­sec­u­tive terms.

Onslow ward coun­cil­lor Kerry White had the unan­i­mous sup­port of her fel­low coun­cil­lors as she again took on the Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dency with no chal­lengers last Wed­nes­day.

The deputy po­si­tion was a show­down be­tween two re-elected coun­cil­lors, Lin­ton Rum­ble from Parabur­doo and Tom Price’s Pe­ter Fos­ter.

Cr Rum­ble was voted in 6-3 to the deputy po­si­tion. Table­land coun­cil­lor Lor­raine Thomas was also elected un­op­posed in the re­cent lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions while Glen Del­lar and Me­lanie Gal­lanagh took up the va­cated seats of Ash­bur­ton and Pan­na­won­ica re­spec­tively.

Cr Gal­lanagh said she was ex­cited for a new chap­ter in her life.

“I’ve been here (Pan­na­won­ica) for 10 years,” she said. “I look for­ward to be­ing a driv­ing force for the peo­ple of Pan­na­won­ica.”

Cr White wel­comed the new blood.

“I am con­fi­dent the new coun­cil will con­tinue to work hard to­gether to con­tinue the great progress we are mak­ing,” she said.

“The Shire of Ash­bur­ton, and its coun­cil, is en­joy­ing a pe­riod of sta­bil­ity and from this our com­mu­nity will see ex­cel­lent progress.”

Pic­ture: Julie Anne Glover

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White.

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