Mayor re-ap­pointed

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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