Cherie’s first in Rodney
Cherie Crawford became Rodney Shire Council’s first woman president in its 106 years at Friday night’s statutory meeting.
A coucillor for three years, Cr Crawford also established a precedent that will be hard to follow in that her husband Andrew is also a councillor— and former Shire President.
Cr Crawford was the only nomination for the position.
A former businesswoman, Cr Crawford recently completed a university Bachelor of Arts course in Community Development.
She previously gained an associate diploma in community development at Goulburn Valley Community College.
She and Andrew live at one of Mooroopna’s developing estates, Craigmuir Lakes.
Recently she was elected unopposed for the North Riding, but when she replaced Cr Cheryl Phillips three years ago there were five candidates for the seat she won.
Besides taking a great interest in the community services area since she joined council.
Cr Crawford has also initiated meetings with North Riding ratepayers and residents to break down barriers.
Co-operation with other councils and the residents has been a trademark of her activities as a councillor.
She has spent much time learning more about various aspects of a councillor’s work and is on the executive of the Local Government Women’s Association.
spoke glowingly of the state of the shire as she entered office and said it was not just the present councillors who were responsible.
She referred to the future vision of former councillors John Gray and Ian Coldwell, who attended the meeting.
Although there were differences of opinion around the council table, all councillors served for the betterment of the shire.
Referring to the effects of Government cutbacks on the shire, Cr Crawford said the changes caused by cutbacks opened up opportunities for innovative planning in various areas.
She forecast that the community services area, in which she has taken a great interest, would be a minefield in years to come.
‘‘They are putting back more and more local government; consultation and communication are very important at this time.’’
Cr Crawford said Rodney was a leader in country Victoria for community services, but said only seven per cent of the shire’s rate was spent on it, compared with a state average of eight per cent.
‘‘The future is about doers. We have to be pro-active and we need to look at the services we provide,’’ she said.
The first civic reception for the new shire president was for the Country Women’s Association state president, and she will welcome Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, on his visit to the Shire on Thursday.
Rising stars: Four women who will lead their communities as Mayor or Shire President in 1993-94 were at Rodney Shire Council’s statutory meeting on Friday night. They are Kyabram Mayor Mary Bowman, Cr Cherie Crawford (Rodney Shire), Cr Jose Bohn (Waranga Shire) and Cr Jeanette Powell (Shepparton Shire). Crs Bowman and Bohn are serving their second consecutive terms as leaders and Crs Crawford and Powell their first terms.