Coun­cils wel­come host of fresh faces

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A host of new faces have been elected to lead­er­ship po­si­tions along­side long-serv­ing vet­er­ans in the City of Kar­ratha, Shire of Ex­mouth and Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

Ex­mouth’s newly sworn-in coun­cil will be led by Matthew Ni­ikkula, who was elected Shire pres­i­dent, and Gary Moun­sey as his deputy.

Mr Ni­ikkula said he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the role.

“We will meet on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2, to be­gin our train­ing and will be work­ing with the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion on an on­go­ing ba­sis to en­sure all coun­cil­lors are fully equipped to carry out their du­ties in ac­cor­dance with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act,” he said.

“As a coun­cil, we are com­mit­ted to act­ing with hon­esty and in­tegrity and to en­sur­ing the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process is trans­par­ent and ac­count­able.

“This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time for Ex­mouth and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity to make sure Ex­mouth re­mains a great place to live, work and visit.”

Mr Ni­ikkula owns a small busi­ness in town and has lived in Ex­mouth for his whole life.

In the City of Kar­ratha, Grant Cu­cel will take on the deputy mayor role af­ter two years serv­ing on the coun­cil.

Peter Long was re-elected as mayor.

“I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether and build­ing on the mo­men­tum of this past coun­cil, con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide ex­cep­tional amenity and ser­vices to the City of Kar­ratha com­mu­nity as we strive to achieve our vi­sion of be­com­ing Aus­tralia’s most live­able re­gional city,” he said.

“I would also like to thank our out­go­ing coun­cil­lors — John Lally, Fiona White-Har­tig, Ge­off Har­ris, Bart Par­sons and Robin Van­den­berg — for all their hard work through­out their terms on coun­cil.

“To­gether, we have made some im­por­tant and pos­i­tive de­ci­sions to move the City of Kar­ratha.”

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton coun­cil re-elected Kerry White as Shire pres­i­dent and Lin­ton Rum­ble as deputy.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Grant Cu­cel is the new deputy mayor of the City of Kar­ratha.

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