A NEW FACE IN PAROO COUN­CIL

Former CEO to take over role as coun­cil­lor

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

THE new­est Paroo Shire coun­cil­lor has been named after results of last month’s by-elec­tion were de­clared.

Suzette Beres­ford will take the role as the fifth coun­cil­lor after votes tal­lied to 497 in her favour.

Cr Beres­ford was the clear leader in the bid for the po­si­tion, with the run­ner-up gain­ing 157 of the votes.

“I feel ex­cited to be a part of the coun­cil process,” Cr Beres­ford said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the first meet­ing in Wyan­dra later this month.”

I’m go­ing to en­joy work­ing for the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity. — Suzette Beres­ford

Cr Beres­ford is no stranger to the coun­cil process, hav­ing been the CEO of the Paroo Shire Coun­cil 18 years ago.

“A bit has changed since I was in the role, such as the new lo­cal gov­ern­ment act and there’s dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures in place,” she said.

“The work that the coun­cil does hasn’t re­ally changed and that’s what I’m most look­ing for­ward to.”

Cr Beres­ford took the oath last Friday and is now ready to help make a dif­fer­ence in the re­gion.

“I’m go­ing to en­joy work­ing for the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity. We as coun­cil­lors help set the for­mat for the fu­ture,” she said.

Cr Beres­ford said she put her hand up for the role with the in­ten­tions of hav­ing an in­put in de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“I have no par­tic­u­lar agenda to fol­low ex­cept to try and get im­prove­ments where they are needed,” she said.

“I hope to make de­ci­sions that are sus­tain­able and so that peo­ple look for­ward to a se­cure fu­ture.”

The Paroo by-elec­tion was held after former coun­cil­lor and deputy mayor Neil Hatch­man passed away sud­denly from a med­i­cal con­di­tion in July.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW MEM­BER: Suzette Beres­ford tak­ing the oath to be­come the new­est mem­ber of the Paroo Shire Coun­cil.

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