Libro Mustica will lead Moir Shire Council for 2018-19 after being re-elected mayor at a special meeting in Cobram on Wednesday.
Cr Peter Lawless will serve as deputy mayor.
This is Cr Mustica’s second term as mayor.
In his speech to councillors and members of the public at the meeting, Cr Mustica reflected on the past year and how he had grown into the role from nervous beginnings.
‘‘I was honoured to be elected mayor last year and it goes without saying that chairing my first council meeting was a daunting task which gave me many sleepless nights,’’ he said.
‘‘But we got through it and as the year progressed we signed off on the largest budget delivered by council.
‘‘I am deeply passionate and committed to further advance the area that I love. I believe it is vital for members of the community to be confident in their local council and for locals to have a voice and know that we are here to listen.’’
Cr Mustica said it was imperative councillors continued to advance all areas of Moira Shire to make sure people remained and thrived in those communities moving into the future.
‘‘We need to continue investing in our people and create a community where our youth can not only get a job, but develop a lifelong career rather than moving away to the city,’’ he said.
It is Cr Lawless’s first time in a leadership role within Moira Shire Council, but he is no stranger to representing and advocating for the community.
He is a long-term member and past vice-president of Grains Group Victoria and has been a member of the Burramine Fire Brigade for more than 40 years, where he has been captain for many of those years.
Cr Lawless has also served as Burramine Sports Club president and Tungamah FootballNetball Club president and secretary, and has also served on the committees of Burramine Tennis Club, Burramine Hall and Tungamah Recreation Reserve.
Cr Lawless said he was honoured to be elected deputy mayor and would work with all groups across the shire to achieve fantastic results.
‘‘I’m looking forward to the challenge,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a got a few challenges in the next year to work through, particularly in our rural communities, but we also have a lot of positive projects happening around the shire and we should always look at those things to lift our communities.’’
Outgoing deputy mayor Ed Cox said he would support councillors Mustica and Lawless as they led the shire in the next year, along with chief executive Mark Henderson.
‘‘What we really need is stability at the top,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got challenges on numerous fronts and it’s not just the farming community, it goes much deeper.
‘‘We’ve got to be in a strong position to meet those challenges head-on and I think we’re finely placed at the moment to do that — but we’ve got to all work together.’’
Top team: New Moira Shire Deputy Mayor Peter Lawless congratulates Libro Mustica on being appointed Moira Shire Mayor for another term.