Councillor Juliet Arkwright was tonight elected as Mayor of Wingecarribee Shire by her fellow councillors.
The appointment marks Councillor Arkwright’s first term as Mayor who was first nominated to Council in 2008.
“I’m extremely humbled to have been elected to represent the Shire,” Councillor Arkwright said.
“Wearing the Shire’s mayoral chains is a huge honour and a task I do not take lightly,” she said. “It’s a role I plan on dedicating myself to over the next twelve months.”
“I’d like to thank my fellow councillors for their vote of confidence and I look forward to working with them in the months ahead,” she said.
Councillor Arkwright said she was also looking forward to the challenges in the year ahead.
“First and foremost I want to work with the Shire’s residents and Council staff to make this region – which I believe to be the most blessed in the land – an even better place to live, work and play,” she said.
“I plan to continue to represent this Shire, its natural beauty, its businesses and its citizens to the best of my abilities,” Councillor Arkwright continued.
Councillor Arkwright also paid tribute to Councillor Duncan Gair for nominating for the top job and former Mayor Ken Halstead.
“I’d like to congratulate Councillor Gair for his running for the mayoral position and commend him on his campaign.
“I also acknowledge former Mayor Ken Halstead for his stewardship over the past two years and wish him well in his retirement.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Councillor Larry Whipper for his election as Deputy Mayor,” Councillor Arkwright added.
Wingecarribee Shire’s mayoral elections are held annually in September.