Yarra Ranges Council has a new mayor

Cr Jim Child is Yarra Ranges Council's new mayor. PICTURES: YARRA RANGES COUNCIL

By Renee Wood

Yarra Ranges Council will now be led by a new mayor after the election was held during the Tuesday 9 November ordinary meeting.

O’Shannassy Ward Councillor Jim Child has been elected as the mayor with Lyster Ward Councillor Johanna Skelton as his deputy.

Cr Len Cox nominated Cr Child and former mayor Fiona McAllister seconded his nomination.

“I do sincerely thank Councillor Cox for his nomination and second by Councillor McAllister and to each and every one of my fellow councillors I thank you for your unanimous support,” Cr Child said.

“I’d also like to acknowledge Councillor Fiona McAllister for her exceptional role as mayor for the past twelve months nurturing and leading our new council post the 2020 local government elections but most of all her strong and unwavering commitment to the covid-19 pandemic and storm events recovery – it was exceptional.”

The mayor has been appointed for one year, following council’s history as one term sittings in the position.

Cr Tim Heenan nominated Cr Skelton as deputy, with Cr McAllister supporting it.

“Thank you to all of the councillors in advance for all of the support you will give to me in the year and I’m really looking forward to learning and supporting Councillor Child as Mayor, so thank you for your confidence,” Cr Skelton said.

There was no other nominations put forward for either positions.

More updates to come.