FROM BACK: Deputy mayor Red Alexander, councillors Robert Eckel, Lyn Capewell and Zorro Radnedge, Mayor Annie Liston and CEO Neil Polglase.
FROM BACK: Deputy mayor Red Alexander, councillors Robert Eckel, Lyn Capewell and Zorro Radnedge, Mayor Annie Liston and CEO Neil Polglase. Andrew Messenger

A new day dawning

RED Alexander will take over the deputy mayor’s job as the new Murweh shire officially takes power from today.

Two new faces were officially sworn in as new councillors shortly after getting official photos around 2pm on Friday: Lyn Capewell and Zorro Radnedge.

Red, a bookie with a second job at the court house, was unanimously elected to the penultimate job, as the first official business of council got under way.

New councillor Zorro Radnedge said he was “like a kid in a candy store”.

The new shire quickly began to grapple with its key weakness: zero representation from Morven, Augathella or the grazier communities.

Red was quick to propose a solution: holding two council meetings a year in the outlying towns.

Council also mulled over the idea of holding informal consultations from 4pm on council days, splitting representatives to both small towns.

But council meetings will still be on the second Thursday of every month during working hours in the puny offices on Alfred St.

CEO Neil Polglase said they had tried holding occasional meetings in other towns, without success and at great expense.

“By the fourth meeting nobody would show up,” he said.

But, he implied, a rarer meeting would be more likely to attract interest, so long as it was communicated properly, in advance.

The councillors will now go into a period of training. They better shape up quick, as it’s firmly in budget season.


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