New mayor for Indigo Shire

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Both Cr Gaffney and Cr Larry Goldswor­thy each se­cured three votes. Crs Barb Mur­doch and Cr So­phie Price sup­ported Cr Gaffney, while Cr Goldswor­thy re­ceived votes from Crs James Tren­ery and Di Shep­heard.

Cr Bar­bara Mur­doch was elected un­op­posed as deputy mayor. Both Cr Gaffney and Cr Mur­doch will serve for one year.

For­mer Mayor Jenny O’Con­nor is on leave for a month to con­test a seat in the Vic­to­rian state elec­tion on Novem­ber 24 and, ac­cord­ingly, did not take part in last week’s meet­ing.

Cr Gaffney was mayor in 2010, 2014 and 2015. “I’m very re­laxed about it and very pleased to be elected. It’s not an easy job,” he told the Free Press.

“Indigo Shire is an achiev­ing and func­tional coun­cil and I hope for that to con­tinue. My main job is to see a holis­tic ap­proach to the whole shire and not con­cen­trate on any one town or part of our shire. Ad­vo­cacy has been one of my strong points.”

Af­ter a distin­guished po­lice ca­reer, Cr Gaffney en­tered Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in Novem­ber 2008, be­ing voted in as deputy mayor.

He is keep­ing a watch­ful eye on the agri­cul­ture sec­tor with the long, pro­longed dry spell. “We are not truly in drought at the mo­ment but it wouldn’t take much more for that to be the case.

“If that be­comes the case, I’ll make my way to Mel­bourne and Can­berra and try to at least get some re­lief for the farm­ing com­mu­nity,” he said.

Indigo’s new mayor has a small farm, grow­ing fat lambs, at Woor­agee, en­joys time with his five grand­chil­dren and is look­ing for­ward to his 12-month reign, again, as Indigo Shire Mayor.

Cr Bernard Gaffney is back as Mayor of Indigo Shire – for a fourth time - af­ter a draw from a hat on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Cr Bernard Gaffney has been elected as the new Indigo Shire Mayor.

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