NEWLY appointed Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Bill Chisholm has vowed to continue to push for job growth and service delivery across the shire after being sworn in on Monday night.
Cr Chisholm and fellow North Ward councillor Fiona Stevens were named Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively after standing unopposed at Monday’s statutory council meeting, replacing outgoing Mayor Rhonda Sanderson and Deputy Mayor Nathan Clark.
Cr Chisholm previously served as Mitchell Shire Mayor in 2018-19. He has been a councillor since 2012, and has been subsequently re-elected in 2016 and 2020.
Cr Chisholm said he was proud to hold the office of Mayor again and was committed to advancing projects across the shire in the next 12 months.
“There is a real range of diverse communities throughout the shire and we’ve got to make sure everybody gets a voice and a delivery of reasonable services,” he said.
“We need to be successful in getting external funding, because you definitely can’t fund everything from just rates alone.”
Cr Chisholm said he looked forward to working with Cr Stevens as Deputy Mayor after she was appointed to the position for the first time.
He said despite both being from the North Ward, he and Cr Stevens would strive to do their best for the whole shire.
“I think it’s a good learning curve for her and the shire,” he said.
“You live in your own area, but it’s a big shire and you’ve got to represent everyone.”
See next week’s edition of the North Central Review for more.