SWORN INTO COUNCIL: The freshly elected North Burnett Regional Council practising social distancing. Picture: North Burnett Regional Council
SWORN INTO COUNCIL: The freshly elected North Burnett Regional Council practising social distancing. Picture: North Burnett Regional Council

Mayor Rachel Chambers decides deputy after split vote

A SPLIT vote by council has caused Mayor Rachel Chambers to decide on a new deputy mayor for the North Burnett.

Held at the Gayndah Disaster Centre this morning, the deputy chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) was also chosen as a first order of business.

Division two councillor Leslie Hotz, division one councillor Melinda Jones, and division six councillor Robbie Radel were nominated for deputy mayor.

After a tied vote between Cr Hotz and Cr Radel, Cr Chambers cast her deciding vote for Cr Radel, based on his experience in his last term for council.

Cr Radel now replaces former deputy mayor and councillor Faye Whelan, who held the position for the past two terms.

Division four councillor Dael Giddins and Cr Jones were then nominated for deputy chair of the LDMG, with Cr Jones prevailing.

The 2020 local government elections for the region saw three incumbent councillors lose their seats, as five fresh members joined the table.

This includes Cr Jones, Cr Hotz, councillor for division three Susan Payne, Cr Giddins, and councillor for division five Michael Dingle.

Mayor Rachel Chambers was elected unopposed, with Cr Radel the only incumbent councillor to retain his seat.


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