Third Shire term for Shales
■ Turk Shales has been voted president of the Shire of Exmouth for a third term, while Michael Hood has taken the deputy president’s position for a second term.
Shire of Exmouth councillors voted for their president and deputy president at a special council meeting last Wednesday.
Cr Shales said he felt very humble, especially as he was voted in unopposed.
“There are plenty of projects on the wall that I’m looking forward to completing, the Ningaloo Centre being the first one,” he said.
The vote immediately followed the swearing in of councillors Shane Coote, Suzanne McHutchison, James Roscic and Michael Hood after their recent local government council election successes.
Cr Shales nominated for the president’s position unopposed, while councillors Hood and McHutchison nominated for the deputy president position, resulting in a vote among the six Shire councillors.
Cr Hood won the vote with four votes, while Cr McHutchison received two.
Portfolios were also handed out among council members at the meeting.
Cr Robert Todd accepted the portfolios for the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Gascoyne Regional Committee, meaning he will represent the Shire at the Gascoyne Zone and the Gascoyne regional road group.
Councillors Todd and Hood will represent the Shire on the Gascoyne development assessment panels, with councillors McHutchison and Shales as proxies.
Cr McHutchison has accepted the local emergency management committee portfolio and the emergency and community services portfolio.
She has also jointly accepted the recreation and culture portfolio with Cr Coote.
Cr Hood has taken on the tourism portfolio, while Cr Roscic has the environmental portfolio. Councillors Roscic and Coote will both represent the Shire on the oil and gas resource sector reference group, while all councillors will represent the Shire in the commerce and industry portfolio.
The new Shire of Exmouth council and executive officers meet in the council chambers.