New deputy mayor sets pace

IT WAS her first day on the job as Ballina Shire Council's new deputy mayor, and Cr Sue Meehan was thrown in the deep end.

Straight away she had to chair the entire council meeting last Thursday due to the absence of mayor Phillip Silver.

And there was plenty of controversy on the agenda.

The much-talked about coastal shared pathway was debated, and councillors also discussed the proposed Telstra mobile phone tower at Alstonville, funding for the Ballina indoor sports centre and the renaming ofpublic roads across the shire.

But being the council's new deputy mayor is a challenge Cr Meehan is looking forward to.

This is just her first term on the council, but she has already established a reputation as a passionate councillor who strives to be well-informed.

“I just think this is such an important position,” she said. “It's good for me to be able to take this step and take on this new challenge.

“I'm excited about this opportunity. I wanted to be deputy mayor because I care and I have real passion about which direction this council takes.

“People have faith in me that I do my homework – I come to every council meeting prepared.

“I'm committed to looking at both sides of everything.”

While Cr Meehan knows her responsibilities will increase, she's looking at the next 12 months as a personal growth period.

But when asked if she might challenge Cr Silver for the top job, she quickly shook her head.

“No, that's not something I am considering at this stage,” she said.

Cr Silver said he was looking forward to working with Cr Meehan.

Cr Meehan replaces Cr David Wright. She will hold the position until September next year.

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