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Deputy Mayor and new Councillor Portfolios announced

13 April 2016

Following a unanimous vote from his fellow Councillors, Cr Andrew Smith takes up the reins as Deputy Mayor alongside Mayor Paul McVeigh.

Following a unanimous vote from his fellow Councillors, Cr Andrew Smith takes up the reins as Deputy Mayor alongside Mayor Paul McVeigh.

At the post-election Council Meeting held today at the Dalby Council Chambers, Mayor Paul McVeigh and his team of eight Councillors unanimously appointed Councillor Andrew Smith as Deputy Mayor, as well as electing their Councillor Portfolios to represent the Western Downs region over the next four years.

Councillor Portfolio Spokesperson for the new Local Government term are:

  • Councillor Paul McVeigh — Mayor, and Spokesperson for Executive Services
  • Councillor Andrew Smith — Deputy Mayor, and Spokesperson for Planning and Environment
  • Councillor Donna Ashurst — Spokesperson for Economic Development
  • Councillor Ray Brown — Spokesperson for Facilities
  • Councillor Kaye Maguire — Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development
  • Councillor Greg Olm — Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services
  • Councillor Ian Rasmussen — Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services
  • Councillor Peter Saxelby — Spokesperson for Utilities
  • Councillor Carolyn Tillman — Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the new Council team brings a balance of experience, and that Councillors are ready to inspire and grow our communities, and share in the commitment of making Western Downs Regional Council one of the best in Queensland.

“I would like to congratulate Councillor Andrew Smith, his appointment as Deputy Mayor is a strong endorsement of his experience and commitment to leading our region by his fellow Councillors and I look forward to working alongside him,” he said.

“With a strong passion for supporting our small communities, and residing in Condamine Cr Andrew Smith will be a strong advocate for our communities in the West.

“All our Councillors have a wealth of knowledge and talents that will not only build on the work and performance of the previous four years, but will also continue to deliver positive outcomes for our communities.

Following a unanimous vote from his fellow Councillors, Cr Andrew Smith takes up the reins as Deputy Mayor alongside Mayor Paul McVeigh.

“The Portfolio allocations are a testament and endorsement of their skills to lead a progressive and high-performing Council.

“We are excited to start work straight away in building a stronger Western Downs and achieving great outcomes and top quality services for our communities.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh acknowledged the contribution and dedication of outgoing Councillors Tony Brame, Charlene Hall, Ray Jamieson, and George Moore, and all the candidates who nominated in the Local Government election.

The first Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday 20 April, at 9.30am at the Dalby Council Chambers.

For more information on your newly-elected Council and their Portfolio responsibilities visit our About Council page on our website.

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