Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

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).

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

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.

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