Unveiling The New Moreton Bay Regional Council0
Majority Clearout At MBRC As New Council Takes Office
On Wednesday 22nd April our new Mayor and 12 Local Councillors officially took office with seven of the thirteen Council positions having new representation.
The newly elected Mayor and Councillors could not meet as a group due to social distancing requirements.
Councillors took the Declaration of Office in front of CEO Greg Chemello, on a rotation spaced 15 minutes apart.
The new Moreton Bay Regional Council is:
(Newly elected representatives highlighted)
Mayor: Peter Flannery
Division 1: Brooke Savige
Division 2: Mark Booth
Division 3: Adam Hain
Division 4: Jodie Shipway
Division 5: Sandra Ruck
Division 6: Karl Winchester
Division 7: Denise Sims
Division 8: Mick Gillam
Division 9: Cath Tonks
Division 10: Matt Constance
Division 11: Darren Grimwade
Division 12: Tony Latter
“This is an important day for our region and I congratulate the councillors on being elected to lead our community at a time when leadership is needed most,” Mayor Flannery said.
“Having met with all our councillors to discuss their priorities and ideas for our region, I’m pleased that they are collectively focussed on the immediate need for financial support and economic recovery, as our region fights to come back from coronavirus.
“I’m very pleased to have six returning councillors bringing their experience back to the chamber, and six new councillors bringing fresh ideas with them.
“I’d particularly like to welcome our three new female Councillors – Jodie Shipway (Div 4), Sandra Ruck (Div 5) and Cath Tonks (Div 9) – increasing female representation in our team of 12 up to five alongside Brooke Savige (Div 1) and Denise Sims (Div 7).
“I also want to thank the community for putting their faith in me to lead through this uncertain time.
“When we started this campaign, we didn’t know we’d be hit with the global pandemic that is COVID-19. So, locals have certainly made the right choice in electing an experienced councillor and a safe set of hands. That’s critically important at an uncertain time like this.
“I promise locals that my door and the door of every councillor you have elected will always be open to people who have their hearts in this community and have ideas on how we can get through this challenging time together.”
“We may be living in uncertain times and no one knows what the world will look like on the other side, but between the experience of our returning councillors and the fresh ideas of our new councillors, I think we already have the foundations for success.
“My door will always be open to anyone who has ideas on how we can do things differently here in Moreton Bay Region.”
Mayor Flannery said that the community had to be at the heart of every economic, strategic, and stimulus decision they make in the Chamber and he has committed to leading an open and accountable Council that’s united in its focus on economic recovery.