Familiar and new faces to head up new council

The new Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) will be sworn in at an extraordinary meeting to be held in Gundagai on January 10, where the mayor and deputy mayor will also be elected for the next 27-month term.

Six of the inaugural Cootamundra-Gundagai councillors were re-elected, with Abb McAlister, David Graham, Penny Nicholson, Charlie Sheahan, Gil Kelly and Leigh Bowden all back for another term.

New faces include Trevor Glover, Les Boyd and Logan Collins.

Inaugural Cootamundra-Gundagai mayor Abb McAlister congratulated those elected.

“It will be a pleasure to work alongside them all and I look forward to it,” he said.

Heading into the new term, Mr McAlister said the new council needs to put a big focus on financial stability and retention of services. He said it is imperative that the council maintain a very rigid financial regime to ensure that there will be no more need to increase rates other than through inflationary factors.

“We should also be working hard to source grants for our top priority projects,” he said.

Making Cootamundra-Gundagai local government history as the first teenager elected to office, 18-year-old Logan Collins said his election onto the new council is a vote of confidence in the future leaders of tomorrow.

“I was ecstatic to see the results published and see the word ‘elected’ next to my name,” Mr Collins said.

“I thank everyone who has supported me in my campaign for office, whether that be phone calls, text messages, letters, emails and by putting 1 next to my name on the ballot paper. And I thank everyone who put 2, 3, 4 or 5 next to my name to give me their preferences. 

“Your support has seen the CGRC elect the youngest councillor in New South Wales. 

“This election I view as a vote of confidence for the future leaders of tomorrow, and I am humbled by the trust that the people put in me.”


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