GREATER Shepparton’s new mayor and deputy mayor have been elected, with each taking the positions unopposed during a special council meeting held on Tuesday last week.
Councillor Dinny Adem put his hand up for the mayoral role and was elected to take on a second term with the title, having first been elected mayor last year.
Newcomer, Councillor Kim O’Keeffe was then voted for by all councillors to take on the position of deputy mayor, which she made the decision to do after Councillor Bruce Giovanetti made the decision not to run for either role due to a family matter.
Kim said, “When Bruce decided to step back I saw the opportunity arise and put my hand up because the community got behind me during the election and I wanted to step up and show that I am committed.
“I am looking forward to being mentored in both the deputy mayor role and as a councillor, finding my feet, learning the ropes and listening to the community.”
Dinny said, “Running for the role unopposed shows the confidence and support that the council has for me.
“My focus will be on assisting all new councillors and helping them get up to speed in their roles to enable them to carry out their duties to the best of their ability.
“I would like to congratulate Kim. It is great to see that there are four women representing council. The balance of council in gender and experience is a positive step forward and I am looking forward to next four years.
“I will also be continuing to advocate on the water security issue. This issue needs to be resolved going forward. Without that, the community will suffer.
“We will continue to lobby all government representatives in the area to ensure we get a good result.”