IF THE COAT FITS: Richmond Valley Council mayor Robert Mustow with mayoral robes and chain.
IF THE COAT FITS: Richmond Valley Council mayor Robert Mustow with mayoral robes and chain. Susanna Freymark

One hundred days as mayor

ROBERT MUSTOW has waited a long time to become mayor.

"The first couple of months there was disbelief it had happened,” he said.

"I'd hear someone say mayor, and realise they were talking to me.”

After more than 100 days in the mayoral role, the Express Examiner talked to the mayor about the job and what he plans to do in his four-year term.

During Mayor Mustow's long political career as a councillor, he has worked with five different mayors.

"You learn a lot from everyone,” he said.

"The main thing is to be yourself. People voted for me, they didn't vote for me to be like someone else.”

Now it's his turn to wear the mayoral robes and chain and to attend the numerous community events.

"I've only missed one event,” he said of the hundreds he has attended since becoming mayor.

"I put my mayor role first which has an effect on my personal activities.”

From year 12 formals to visiting the elderly, the job of mayor has no training and it is learn-as-you-go.

"Public speaking is a challenge,” Cr Mustow said.

Listening is easier.

The mayor is proud of the listening tour the council organised.

"I made an election promise to visit every community and we've done that,” he said.

"One of the biggest turnouts was Rappville and Coraki.”

His plan is to make sure the projects identified by the council last year come to fruition. This includes saleyard upgrades, the Drill Hall, Coraki foreshore and Woodburn Park upgrade.

"I want them all completed by the end of my term,” Cr Mustow said with conviction.



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