McClaren to serve an­other two years

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Coun­cil­lor Amanda McClaren will lead Strath­bo­gie Coun­cil to the end of its four-year term, hav­ing been re-elected as Mayor for an­other two years.

Coun­cil re­jected the op­por­tu­nity to elect a deputy mayor.

Cr McClaren said she was truly hon­oured to be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue to lead as mayor for the next two years.

‘‘It is a priv­i­lege to be given the op­por­tu­nity to lead coun­cil right through to the end of our term and I look for­ward to work­ing closely with my fel­low coun­cil­lors as a voice for our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Cr McClaren said.

‘‘We’ve got so much more that we want to achieve, and with up­com­ing state and fed­eral elec­tions, we will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate strongly for our re­gion.

‘‘We are at the half­way point in our four-year term and the next two years will be crit­i­cal for our coun­cil, par­tic­u­larly as we un­der­take the re­cruit­ment and ap­point­ment of our next CEO.’’

Coun­cil also de­ter­mined that all Or­di­nary Coun­cil Meet­ings would be held in Euroa next year.

Cr McClaren said the rov­ing meet­ings had not had enough at­ten­dance to be con­sid­ered vi­able.

‘‘Our Rov­ing Coun­cil Meet­ings over the last two years have pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for us to en­gage with com­mu­ni­ties from all cor­ners of the shire, but we just haven’t had the level of at­ten­dance from our com­mu­nity to con­tinue them,’’ she said.

‘‘We are cur­rently ex­plor­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties to visit all of our com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing look­ing at trav­el­ling for our com­mu­nity meet­ings each month.’’

Cr McClaren said she looked for­ward to lead­ing coun­cil to con­tinue to strive for growth and im­prove­ment through com­mit­ment to good gover­nance, qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery and open and trans­par­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Amanda McClaren

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