JOHN Rosenbaum has been elected unopposed as mayor of Gloucester Shire for a second consecutive term.
The incumbent was the only nominee for the position and was reinstated in the position without councillors having to cast a vote.
Deputy mayor Frank Hooke was also reinstated as the only nominee for the position.
Cr Rosenbaum thanked his six fellow councillors for their support during the past 12 months.
“I hope we can work together for the next 12 months, be productive and meet the outcomes we’d like to achieve,” he said.
Cr Rosenbaum’s role will not be an easy one.
Council is in a crippling financial position and is facing an operating deficit of more than $3 million in the next financial year if it does not push for a rates rise.
General manager Danny Green has said council is considering a 10.5 per cent increase in rates above the CPI (Consumer Price Index) over the next five years.
In addition, council has recently signed an agreement with AGL to employ a water scientist to undertake four key water studies in the Gloucester basin over the next 18 months.
Council is also preparing a response to plans for the Rocky Hill mine and is seeking more than $8.4 million in funding from Yancoal as part of the planned expansion of its Stratford mine.
- Meanwhile, Gloucester Shire councillor Aled Hoggett has ended his 12-month tenure as chair of MidCoast Water.
The new chair is Greater Taree City councillor David West.