Cr Zito gets deputy's job

PLACING an each way bet paid off for Cr Lynette Zito after she was elected deputy mayor at last night's Kyogle Council meeting.

Cr Zito first ran for the job as mayor but was defeated six votes to three by the incumbent mayor Ross Brown.

Undeterred, Cr Zito then put her hand up for the role of deputy and was automatically awarded the job when standing deputy, Cr Robert Dwyer, announced he would not be renominating in order to ensure Cr Zito's position.

And while Cr Brown's re-election as mayor went smoothly, a motion he put up in his mayoral minute had a bumpy ride.

The motion asked the council to agree to its 'continued participation with the World Rally Championship event' in the area, subject to addressing issues identified by the review process.

During discussion on the motion the mayor had to ask on several occasions for people in the gallery to be quiet.

Cr Janet Wilson said the mayor's motion was premature because no evaluation of the rally had been conducted yet.

Cr Zito said she had received feedback from pro-rally constituents who had said the council would be 'usurping the democratic process' if it put out comment before the evaluation process was complete.

Cr Robert Dwyer said the rally should be asking the council if it was okay to come back, not the other way around.

In the end the motion was passed five votes to three, with one abstention.

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