Council is now complete
The Berrigan Shire officially welcomed its newest councillor last Wednesday, with Roger Reynoldson officially sworn in.
Cr Reynoldson was elected to the council in last month’s by-election to replace Bernard Curtin who passed away in April.
At his first council meeting since the election, Cr Reynoldson last week pledged the oath and will now partake in six weeks of inductions.
He said it was a ‘‘comfortable’’ first council meeting.
‘‘I don’t know what expectations I really had, but there wasn’t really anything there I didn’t understand,’’ he said..
‘‘It’s a learning process and you don’t know what you don’t know until you find out, but I had no trouble and all the questions I asked were answered.
‘‘I knew half of the councillors prior to the meeting and I’m confident I can work with them.
‘‘They all seem amiable sort of people; there wasn’t anyone throwing things at me.’’
It was a lively first meeting for Cr Reynoldson, with the council strongly debating a development application for the Strawberry Fields Music Festival at Tocumwal, which has been shrouded in controversy over the years.
‘‘It does seem to be a busy council, and I don’t have a problem with that,’’ he said.
‘‘I have to make a decision and can’t guarantee everybody is going to like it but I’m happy to put my hand up.
‘‘I haven’t come in with an agenda.’’
Cr Reynoldson was to be officially sworn in earlier, but at the time of his election he was holidaying in Europe.
He said it has been an exciting fortnight since his return from overseas earlier this month, saying he had already been curtsied to twice.
‘‘I had a resident turn up to my house to have a say in Berrigan, and I thought ‘wow they’re already coming out to the farm to check it out’.
‘‘There have been plenty of people coming up saying ‘congratulations, but this is what I want done’.
‘‘I think there is a community expectation of me to perform and turn up to events.
‘‘There have been plenty of requests already to attend meetings and that’s part of the job; and I am aiming to get along.
‘‘I haven’t worked out how many I can get to yet, and we’re still working out what committees and delegations I’ll be required to attend.’’
Cr Reynoldson has already committed to attending the Local Government Annual Conference in October with the mayor and deputy mayor. He said he’s already been approached by community members to run for mayor at internal elections in September, but said it is still too early in his local government career to take on the job.
Cr Roger Reynoldson (right) signing his declaration oath with his fellow councillors (from left) Ross Bodey, John Taylor, Daryl Morris, John Bruce, Mayor Matt Hannan, Colin Jones, Denis Glanville and general manager Rowan Perkins watching on.