WELLINGTON Shire councillor Carolyn Crossley was elected mayor, for a second successive term unopposed, at Wednesday’s general council meeting.
Cr Garry Stephens nominated Cr Crossley for the position, and with no other nominations, it was moved by acting chair Scott Rossetti and seconded by Cr Bye, before being passed unanimously.
Cr Crossley, who has been a popular mayor, has been at the helm during a busy and sometimes turbulent year.
She accepted the nomination gracefully, and said it was “an honour and a delight”, as well as a challenge, to take on another year as mayor.
Cr Crossley, who was first elected to Wellington Shire Council in 2012 for the northern ward, and was mayor in 2015, said a second successive term as mayor was something she had actively sought.
“It’s something you can anticipate but never expect,” she said.
Cr Crossley has plenty of local government experience, having been elected to the City of Sale council in the late 1980s, serving a three-year term including a year as deputy mayor.
After the meeting, Cr Crossley said it had been a “non-stop” year, with the controversy surrounding ASH in Heyfield, the Hazelwood closure and working with the Latrobe Valley Authority, the Federation TAFE uncertainty, and other council business.
“There are still some ongoing issues, such as transport and the TAFE, so lots to do,” she said.
Cr Ian Bye, who is going into his second year as a councillor, was elected as deputy mayor, unopposed.
He said the position was a great learning experience and that he had “a great teacher” in Cr Crossley.