Mayoral two-step: Cr Ernie Bennett was voted back in as Kyogle Shire mayor at yesterday’s council meeting.
Mayoral two-step: Cr Ernie Bennett was voted back in as Kyogle Shire mayor at yesterday’s council meeting.

Bennett back as mayor

IT WAS musical chairs at last night’s Kyogle Council meeting, with Cr Ernie Bennett being voted back as mayor.

The incumbent, Cr Ross Brown, was eliminated in the first round of the secret ballot – winning only two out of a possible nine votes – with Cr Lynette Zito getting four votes and Cr Bennett three votes.

In the final round of voting, Cr Bennett defeated Cr Zito five votes to four.

Cr Bennett and Cr Brown have each held the position as mayor a number of times over the past decade.

And although Cr Brown is no longer the mayor, last night he appeared, at times, to still be conducting the meeting, calling points of order and advising on how the meeting should proceed.

With Cr Janet Wilson being the only councillor contesting the position of deputy mayor, her election was assured.

Much time at last night’s meeting was spent debating issues such as what time and on what day the council’s meeting should be held.

Cr Zito presented a petition with signatures supporting her motion to have every second council meeting start at 6pm. The current time of 3.30pm, Cr Zito argued, made attendance difficult for many in the community.

However, Cr Robert Leadbeatter questioned the petition, saying he knew some of the people who had signed it and wondered what the value of their signatures were.

The motion to change the start time did not succeed, while another motion to have the meeting held on the fourth Monday of the month, rather than the third, was carried.

The council will also run a competition calling for entrants to submit a new council logo.

Cr Zito described to current ‘Gateway to the Rainforests’ logo as a ‘scary, scary forest’.

She said the council should call on the community to design a new logo that was more modern.

In deciding to run the competition, the council has reserved the right not to adopt any of the entries as its new logo if it so chooses, in case none are suitable.

“Somebody might have a rally car with a dead kangaroo in front of it, and we certainly wouldn’t want to accept that,” Cr Tom Cooper said.

First prize will be $500.



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