COUNCILLOR Brian Gibson has been re-elected as Gannawarra Shire Council mayor.
Councillor Lorraine Learmonth was elected deputy mayor, replacing Cr Charlie Gillingham.
Cr Gibson was first elected to council in October 2012 and represents the Patchell Ward.
He thanked his fellow councillors for their support, trust and faith in his ability to lead the council in the coming year.
“As a council we need to work together to continue our strong relationships with our communities and to develop new and exciting strategies to improve liveability across the shire,’’ he said.
“I am looking forward to the challenges that the coming year brings and will do my best to represent council in the most professional manner and work with our CEO and executive management team to do this.’’
Cr Gibson said his focus was on ensuring the community is heard and develop community interaction into decision making for specific projects.
“Gannawarra has an exceptional record with delivering high quality capital infrastructure works, such as the $2.4 million Koondrook Wharf development and $1.6 million Wells Bridge replacement,’’ he said.
‘‘I would like to see council build on these improvements and work with our community to ensure we continue to work towards a positive future together.’’
He said there would also be a strong focus on building the tourism opportunities across the municipality, sport and recreation developments, arts and culture, improving the economic stability and advocacy to state and federal governments for better support for rural councils.
“I will continue to advocate both state and federal governments in an effort to improve funding opportunities and the equality in funding ratios for rural shires,’’ he said.
The term of mayor and deputy mayor is for 12 months.