Cr Ian Smith elected to lead Moyne Shire Council

Published on 16 November 2021

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Moyne Shire Council has a new Mayor, with Cr Ian Smith elected to the role at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting. 

Cr Daniel Meade was elected Deputy Mayor. 

Cr Smith said it was an honour to have the backing his fellow Councillors and while the election process was drawn out, that was now behind the council and he was looking forward to quickly getting on with the job. 

He said with the state opening up and things returning to normal after lockdowns and restrictions, he and his fellow councillors were keen to ensure Moyne was in a position to recover strongly. 

“We have already taken a very active approach to supporting our communities. Our Love Local Campaign was a call to arms to remind the community to support our small business,” Cr Smith said 

“That support will be vital again as we recover and welcome people back to see what our fantastic shire has to offer. There are a number of programs ready to launch that will again encourage people to experience everything Moyne has to offer. 

“We also have our largest ever capital works program which has a particular focus on improving the condition of our local road network. 

“We also have a key projects we are continuing to roll-out and advocate for including the Koroit Township Renewal, The Port of Port Fairy Masterplan, and the redevelopment of the Mortlake Community Health building and developing a Disability and Access Action Plan for the shire. 

Cr Smith said Moyne’s strong advocacy agenda to State and Federal Governments would continue on other key issues for communities - including access to housing, worker shortages, renewable energy developments and the condition of state controlled roads. 

Cr Smith paid tribute to outgoing Mayor Cr Daniel Meade, who did not seek re-election after two terms in the role. 

He said Cr Meade had done an amazing job in difficult circumstances. 

“Daniel lead the council brilliantly though the pandemic and the lockdowns,” Cr Smith said. 

“He was a strong advocate for Moyne right throughout and remained engaged with and supported the community despite not being able to attend events because of lockdowns.” 

 

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