25 September 2020
A Ward Councillor Peter Petty was re-elected Mayor for the ninth consecutive year at yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting of the Tenterfield Shire Council.
Mayor Petty was the only nomination received for the position.
Councillor Greg Sauer was also re-elected, uncontested, for the position of Deputy Mayor, serving his third consecutive year, but fourth year as Deputy Mayor in the current Council term.
The current Council term was extended in March 2020 by amendment to the Local Government Act as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with the next Local Government elections due 4 September 2021.
Following his re-election Mayor Petty addressed the Council, thanking them for the faith they have shown in his leadership.
He expressed his sincere thanks to Councillors and staff as working together, many things have been achieved, particularly in the past, extremely difficult, 12 months.
“However, we need to focus for the upcoming 12 months and the many projects still to be accomplished, including completing the sealing of Mt Lindesay Road, the ongoing upgrade to Mt Lindesay Road between Legume and Woodenbong, timber bridges, beautification of our villages and the reinstatement of Bruxner Way as a State Highway. In addition, we need to get back on track with the Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass and continue our work with Water NSW to develop the Business Case for the Mole River Dam”, the Mayor said.
Mayor Petty referred to his position on the Local Health Committee and the continuing work of Council, and particularly Deputy Mayor Greg Sauer, in providing full support for our local health facilities and working with them to ensure the best possible services for our community.
In addition, Mayor Petty spoke about the growing industry of tourism in the Tenterfield Shire, and particularly the current interest in mountain biking.
Mayor Petty expressed his thanks to Deputy Mayor Greg Sauer for his ongoing support, Chief Executive Terry Dodds for his outstanding work to the benefit of all the Shire, and Executive Assistant & Media Noelene Hyde for her support during all his term as Mayor.
In closing, Mayor Petty voiced his pride that Councillors and staff are moving forward together to make this a wonderful, Shire wide, community.