Indigo Shire Council has elected Cr Jenny O’Connor as its new mayor for the next 12 months and Cr Sophie Price as deputy mayor.
During a special meeting of Indigo Council last Tuesday, Cr O’Connor was elected as the new mayor, replacing Cr Bernard Gaffney who served in the role for the last 12 months.
In accepting her nomination, Cr O’Connor described the opportunity to be mayor, a position she held for two terms from 2016 to 2018, as a huge privilege.
She said her main priorities will be to continue to advocate to State and Federal Government on behalf of the people of Indigo and to continue to build partnerships and relationships with the local community.
“I will work to achieve the best outcome for the local community and take a solutions focused approach to resolving local issues,” she said.
Cr O’Connor returns to the role of mayor after she was forced not to run for another term in 2018 as she was preparing to contest the seat of Benambra in the Victorian state election.
Cr Sophie Price was unanimously elected to the deputy mayor role, after she was the only one nominated.
Outgoing mayor, Cr Gaffney declined to accept a nomination for a consecutive term, but told The Free Press he’s enjoyed his time serving as mayor.
“It’s been my fourth term as mayor and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.
“My term was all about advocacy and forming relationships with decision makers and the community.
“I believe I was a mayor for the entire shire and have spent considerable time in Rutherglen and Wahgunyah and am still on council committees for the Rutherglen Wine Board and the Wahgunyah Railway Land Development Committee.
“I leave the mayoral role with Indigo Shire being in the best place.”