Tweed Shire Council has announced that its current Mayor will remain in the position for the remainder of the current term, having been re-elected as the only nominee for the position.
At an Extraordinary Council meeting in the Harvard Room at Tweed Heads, Chris Cherry was reappointed to her role as Mayor.
Mayor Cherry will serve in the position for another year, until the upcoming New South Wales Local Government election on 14 September 2024.
In a show of hands, Mayor Cherry was unanimously declared Mayor by the five Councillors in attendance, being Crs Meredith Dennis, Reece Byrnes, Nola Firth, Warren Polglase and herself.
Under New South Wales Local Government legislation, the position of mayor is for a period of two years.
Council has resolved to have a Deputy Mayor, which is not mandatory, to be appointed for a one-year term. Meredith Dennis will remain in her role as Deputy Mayor until December when the term of her position expires and an election is undertaken.
Addressing a full Council Chamber, Mayor Cherry thanked her fellow Councillors for their support and said she remained committed to working hard for Tweed residents.
“I thank everyone for their continued faith and trust in me. It is a massive job to represent the people of the Tweed and I am committed to continuing to work well with my fellow Councillors,” Mayor Cherry said.
“For the next year, I will be concentrating on trying to address the housing crisis, which is the biggest issue facing us today, along with the impact of climate change. I will continue to work hard to ensure every decision we make is done in the best interest of the community at large.”
This is Mayor Cherry’s third term, after holding the position from September 2020 until the election in December 2021.
She was first elected to Tweed Shire Council in September 2016 as an independent and previously served as Deputy Mayor in 2016-17, 2018-19 and in 2019-20.
Featured image: Tweed Shire Mayor, Chris Cherry. Image: Tweed Shire.