Having finally received the election results yesterday from Electoral Commission Queensland, Tableland Regional Council’s new Mayor and Councillors made their declaration of office and held their statutory post-election meeting this morning.
Given social distancing requirements it was a quiet affair with just the Councillors and essential staff in attendance, with family, friends and the rest of the community watching via live stream.
New Mayor Rod Marti is pleased with the mix of new and experienced Councillors.
‘The team of Kevin Cardew, Annette Haydon, Dave Bilney, David Clifton, Peter Hodge and Bernie Wilce met at our post-election meeting to discuss our first items of business.
‘I’m pleased to announce Councillor Kevin Cardew as Deputy Mayor and Councillor Bernie Wilce as Acting Mayor.
‘Councillor Bernie Wilce will also chair the Local Disaster Management Group and I will be deputy chair.
‘We’ve decided to continue with Council meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9am in the Community Education and Disaster Coordination Centre in Atherton.
‘Obviously this month we’ve had to change it to 30 April with the meeting not being open to the public.
‘This elected Council’s intention is to be sober, fair, equitable, and reformist.
‘It will look at ways to reduce costs across the board when considering the upcoming budget.
‘Rates and charges, for many, have become out of reach and this is now exacerbated by Covid-19.
‘There is much work to do and difficult decisions will need to be made.
‘We’ve taken up our positions during unprecedented times and we want to do the best for our community.
‘The Covid-19 financial support offered by the federal and state governments focuses on business survival and continuity of employment.
‘At our first ordinary meeting we’ll be discussing and adopting a series of Covid-19 relief measures for the community and local businesses, targeting our support to areas of the community where it will do the most good.
‘The proposed measures include the waiving or deferral of some fees and charges and relaxation of due dates.
‘Today’s and future meeting will be live streamed and the recording made available afterwards, so watch our website and social media for details.
‘Live streaming and recording make meetings accessible to members of the community who are unable to attend the meetings in person but are still interested in proceedings and outcomes’ he said.