Upper Hunter Shire Council has elected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at an extraordinary meeting on Monday evening at the Chambers in Scone.
Cr Wayne Bedggood was elected as Mayor and Cr Maurice Collison was elected as Deputy Mayor. Cr Wayne Bedggood stood unopposed and there were two nominations for Deputy Mayor being Cr Maurice Collison and Cr Kiwa Fisher. Both Councillors received four votes each, which meant the final result was drawn by lot. Cr Collison’s name was drawn and therefore successfully elected as the Deputy Mayor.
Cr Wayne Bedggood thanked his fellow Councillors for putting their faith in him and nominating him for the position of Mayor and the support that previous Mayor, Cr Michael Johnsen has provided him during his role as Deputy Mayor.
“Cr Johnsen said to me, a good Mayor should not only represent the community, but a good Mayor must also lead the community and that is what I plan to do,” Mayor Bedggood said.
Cr Michael Johnsen who has served as Mayor since 2012 stepped down from the position given his commitments as the newly elected Member for the Upper Hunter in the NSW Parliament. Cr Johnsen will remain as a Councillor on the Upper Hunter Shire Council until the next Local Government elections in 2016.
Cr Johnsen said the Council was working well and he had full confidence in the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
The positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor are voted in annually in September.