KIM O'KE­EFFE RE-ELECTED AS MAYOR

O’KE­EFFE STAYS AT HELM BUT HAS SHELLEY SUT­TON AS NEW DEPUTY MAYOR

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Greater Shep­par­ton will be set for an­other 12-month term with coun­cil­lor Kim O’Ke­effe at the helm, this time team­ing up Shelley Sut­ton, who was elected deputy mayor on Wed­nes­day.

As Cr O’ke­effe’s se­cond term as mayor, she said she was hon­oured to be re-elected and thanked her fel­low coun­cil­lors for their sup­port over the past year.

‘‘There has been so much hap­pen across Greater Shep­par­ton over the last 12 months, def­i­nitely at­tract­ing new busi­ness and in­dus­try here is a pri­or­ity and we’ve cer­tainly worked very hard on that and also visi­ta­tion and get­ting more peo­ple to Shep­par­ton, the eco­nomic ben­e­fit for that is huge,’’ she said.

Cr O’Ke­effe said she would con­tinue to wear two hats within the com­mu­nity as a coun­cil­lor and mayor.

‘‘We have these dif­fer­ent hats, one of them is lob­by­ing for those asks of govern­ment and they’re such a pri­or­ity be­cause it means fu­ture growth and then we have our projects on the go,’’ she said.

Cr O’Ke­effe thanked her fam­ily be­fore a mo­tion was bought for­ward to elect the new deputy mayor.

‘‘When you first take on this role, I think you have to ex­pect the un­ex­pected . . . I was con­cerned, do I have the knowl­edge, the abil­ity, am I go­ing to do the job well? I think com­ing into the se­cond term, I was very hope­ful that I would get an­other chance,’’ she said.

Cr Sut­ton was elected for her first term in the deputy mayor role.

‘‘I’m ex­cited for the next 12 months, I’m look­ing for­ward to it and it will be great work­ing with Kim,’’ Cr Sut­ton said.

‘‘I think as coun­cil­lors we all get along re­ally well and we all have a good idea of what each other can do, so it’s nice to have that re­in­forced.’’

Cr Sut­ton said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to give back to the com­mu­nity.

THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH HAP­PEN ACROSS GREATER SHEP­PAR­TON OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS, DEF­I­NITELY AT­TRACT­ING NEW BUSI­NESS AND IN­DUS­TRY HERE IS A PRI­OR­ITY . . . AND GET­TING MORE PEO­PLE TO SHEP­PAR­TON, THE ECO­NOMIC BEN­E­FIT FOR THAT IS HUGE. — KIM O’KE­EFFE

Pic­ture: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Top team: Kim O’Ke­effe with her new deputy Shelley Sut­ton.

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