Third Shire term for Shales

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

The new Shire of Ex­mouth coun­cil and ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers meet in the coun­cil cham­bers.

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