Knight moves as deputy

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Rachel Fen­ner

CARO­LINE Knight was named Man­durah’s Deputy Mayor and the new Mayor and new coun­cil­lors were sworn in at a cer­e­mony at the City of Man­durah coun­cil cham­bers last week.

In a shock move, Dar­ren Lee, Man­durah’s long­est serv­ing Deputy Mayor, did not renom­i­nate for the po­si­tion.

Three peo­ple nom­i­nated for the Deputy Mayor po­si­tion – North ward coun­cil­lors Peter Jack­son and Cr Knight and Town ward coun­cil­lor David Schu­macher.

The coun­cil voted via a se­cret bal­lot, with Cr Knight emerg­ing the win­ner.

Cr Lee said he de­cided not to nom­i­nate as he was study­ing for a Masters de­gree.

All the coun­cil­lors re­ceived a chance to ad­dress the cham­ber and out­line their goals for their time on coun­cil.

Cr Merv Darcy, the new­est coun­cil­lor for Coastal ward, said he be­lieved peo­ple should work to­gether to pro­mote Man­durah.

“Not den­i­grate it, like some peo­ple like to,” he said.

“I want to see Man­durah’s name in lights for good news, not bad news.”

Cr Lynn Rodgers echoed his sen­ti­ments.

“It’s is a shame peo­ple al­ways go to the neg­a­tive, as every city has prob­lems,” she said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to four years of pos­i­tiv­ity.”

Cr Schu­macher out­lined his plans to bring a 200-bed re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and men­tal health cen­tre to the re­gion.

He also spoke of his plans to cre­ate a “a multi­gen­er­a­tional, safe, ac­ces­si­ble city” af­ter meet­ing peo­ple dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign.

Mayor Rhys Williams said he aimed to fol­low in the foot­steps of his men­tor, for­mer Man­durah Mayor Paddi Creevey.

City of Man­durah chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man (left) with Man­durah Mayor Rhys Williams.

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