|Council general manager|
Stephen Mackey, left,
received the certificate
of election from returning
officer Dale Emery.
Addressing the gathering of successful and unsuccessful candidates and council staff, the former Derwent Valley mayor said local government was always evolving and the new council would face a number of changes. In particular, newly-elected councillors would have the challenge of living up to the promises made during the campaign.
After the ceremony, Mr Nicholson said it would not be an exaggeration to say gutter politics had been a feature of the election campaign.
The ceremony was the first of its kind to be held in New Norfolk under the present Local Government Act (1993) and possibly the first ever. Returning officer Dale Emery from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission made a formal announcement of the election result and presented the certificate of election to council general manager Stephen Mackey.
|Mayor Martyn Evans addressing thesmall gathering|
at the declaration.
Mr Emery said there had been great interest in this year's inaugural all-in all-out election and he thanked council staff Debbie Hutchinson and Jess Dallas for their support.
Commencing his third term as mayor, Councillor Martyn Evans congratulated those who had been elected and thanked those who had served until now.
|New deputy mayor|
Outgoing deputy mayor Barry Lathey said he felt fortunate to have been returned as a councillor and expressed concern about the decision to reduce the council from nine seats. "We now have eight councillors and if a vote is tied it is lost," Cr Lathey said. Despite that change, he described the new council as a good mixture of four new councillors and four experienced members.