Junee Shire Council is set for a season of stability following Neil Smith’s re-election as mayor at Monday’s council meeting.
Councillor Pam Halliburton moved for the election to take place via secret ballot, seconded by councillor Robin Asmus, but the motion was carried against.
Councillor Martin Holmes wrote the nomination for Mayor Smith, which was seconded by councillor Bob Callow and approved without contest.
“It was nice to have the backing of my fellow councillors,” said Mayor Smith.
“You never can be quite sure whether there will be contest, it’s no good being complacent.”
On the written recommendation of Mayor Smith, seconded by councillor Kerri Walker, Matthew Austin was re-elected to deputy mayor.
Councillors also unanimously voted in favour of adjusting the term of deputy mayor to the same two-year period in which the office of mayor operates.
“The first year of any new job, you’re finding your way, but by the second you can settle into the role with higher level skills to bring to the table,” said Mayor Smith.