YOUR NEW-LOOK COUNCIL REVEALED
SWORN IN: The freshly elected North Burnett Regional Council comes together while practising social distancing.
THERE are several fresh faces joining the North Burnett Regional Council for the next four years, after councillors were officially declared this week.
Alongside Mayor Rachel Chambers, who was elected unopposed, will be Melinda Jones, Leslie Hotz, Susan Payne, Dael Giddins, Michael Dingle, and Robbie Radel.
Cr Radel was the only incumbent councillor to retain his seat, in a tight race against Moira Thompson, Glen Martin, and Neil Holmes.
A special council meeting was held last Wednesday, to nominate the deputy mayor, and Local Disaster Management Group deputy chair.
At this meeting Mayor Rachel Chambers cast her deciding vote on a new deputy, following a split vote by council.
Division 1 councillor Melinda Jones, Division 2 councillor Leslie Hotz, and Division 6 councillor Robbie Radel were nominated for deputy mayor.
After a tied vote between Cr Hotz and Cr Radel, Cr Chambers cast her vote for
Cr Radel, based on his experience in his last term on the council.
Cr Radel now replaces former deputy mayor and councillor Faye Whelan, who held the position for the past two terms.
Division 4 councillor Dael Giddins and Cr Jones were then nominated for deputy chair of the LDMG, with Cr Jones prevailing.
Three incumbent councillors lost their seats at the 2020 local government elections and five fresh members joined the table.
The newly elected council will now be looking forward to the next four years, and planning their strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meet your North Burnett Regional councillors: Division 1: Melinda Jones (secured 44.68 per cent of the vote).
Division 2: Leslie Hotz (50.34 per cent). Division 3: Susan Payne (57.01 per cent). Division 4: Dael Giddins (59.25 per cent). Division 5: Michael Dingle (74.88 per cent). Division 6: Robbie Radel (41.48 per cent).
ON CAMERA: The deputy mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair were selected at the first council meeting, which was live streamed due to social distancing rules.