Photo courtesy of Northern Daily Leader.
Wednesday 26 September, 2012
Tamworth Regional Council's leadership is unchanged after Mayor Col Murray and Deputy Mayor Russell Webb were returned unopposed at last night's Ordinary Council Meeting.
The meeting was the first since the Local Government Election earlier this month which resulted in two new faces among Tamworth's nine councillors.
Tim Coates and Mark Rodda are serving their first term as councillors along with re-elected councillors James Treloar, Warren Woodley, Helen Tickle, Juanita Wilson and Phil Betts in addition to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Following the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the new Council endorsed a range of 'housekeeping' items such as the appointment of council committees and the payment of expenses and provision of facilities to councillors as well as regular business matters.
Councillor representatives were endorsed for more than 20 council special purpose committees, council working groups and external board, committees, working groups and organisations.
Councillors adopted the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Councillors Policy which will be put on public exhibition for 28 days to allow for the community to comment. The policy includes the payment of an annual councillor fee of $17,060, a Mayoral Annual Fee of $37,230 and a Deputy Mayor Annual Fee of $3,723 (representing 10 per cent of the Mayoral Annual Fee and being paid as a deduction from the Mayoral Annual Fee). A report on any public submissions received will go before the 13 November Ordinary Council Meeting before Councillors formally endorse the policy.
One of the regular business items was to decide on delegates to attend the 2012 Local Government Association of NSW Annual Conference. Councillors supported a recommendation authorising the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two Councillors as voting delegates.
Councillors Treloar and Coates are the nominated voting delegates while Councillor Rodda will also attend the conference at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on October 28 to 30.