The newly elected MidCoast Council got together for its first ordinary meeting at the Taree administration centre, Yalawanya Ganya, on Wednesday, January 12.
The first two items on the agenda was the election of the new mayor and deputy mayor, with Cr Claire Pontin being voted mayor and Cr Alan Tickle being voted deputy mayor.
The voting was done by show of hands (an open vote), which was the only way possible as Cr Peter Howard attended the meeting via Zoom.
Council had to pass a resolution to accept the open vote before it could go ahead.
However Peter Epov and Dheera Smith voted against an open vote, despite there being no other option; the resolution was passed with a majority vote.
Following the election, the meeting determined councillor representatives to various external committees for the following 12 months as follows:
The meeting also confirmed councillors Pontin, Tickle, Miller, Sandilands and Dheera Smith would attend the Local Government NSW Special Conference, from February 28 to March 2.
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