Phyllis Miller remains as mayor, Chris Roylance as deputy at Forbes council election

Mayor Phyllis Miller and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance.
Mayor Phyllis Miller and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance.

Phyllis Miller OAM has been returned as mayor of Forbes for a third consecutive term at the September council meeting and Cr Chris Roylance Deputy Mayor.

Both were unopposed as they stood for the roles.

Mayor Miller, who was also congratulated on received a Minister's Award for Women in Local Government, said she was overwhelmed as she thanked councillors for their confidence.

"I think anyone that knows me knows that I am passionate about Forbes," Mayor Miller said.

"I know all of you have got so many skills, even at our last briefing session all those bits and pieces ... I just think you have all got such great skills and I love working with each and every one of you."

Deputy Mayor Roylance said this would be his 13th and final year in local government.

"I feel like I have seen some major changes in the last 12 years," he said.

"It's just been so good, it really is, and the town is really moving on and there's a lot of confidence in the town at the moment so it's a great thing."

Our most recently serving deputy mayor Jenny Webb did not stand for the position.

She explained her role as a frontline health worker has made it hard to feel confident she could fulfil all council commitments.

"Since COVID, there were a few official functions when you were away that I thought I was going to let you, Phyllis, or even worse, the community, down," she told the meeting.

"And unfortunately a few meetings that I had to join virtually at the very last moment to play COVID-safe.

"I can't afford to become complacent, and here I'd like to thank all the councillors for their trust and support.

"I personally would like to thank you Phyllis for your guidance during my last two years as deputy mayor.

"There are not too many councils out there that can brag they have both a female mayor and deputy."

It's actually been four years - a standard full council term - since our last local government elections.

Due to COVID-19, Forbes ratepayers won't go to the polls to elect a new council until September 2021.

Cr Susan Chau, who has moved away from Forbes for family reasons and has been dialling in remotely since COVID travel restrictions came into place, resigned her position at the meeting.

In a message on her public Facebook page, she thanked the Forbes community for the opportunity and the honour of serving as a councillor.

"Thank you for your trusting me to make good decisions on your behalf," she wrote.

"I hope and believe I have delivered.

"Thank you also to all the Mayor and all the other councillors for your support. You have helped me grow in my role and as a person.

"Thanks also to the Forbes Shire Council staff who work tirelessly to support us."

Cr Chau said it had been rewarding to see some of the goals set at the beginning of the term come to fruition.

She celebrated the increasing transparency that has come with the live-streaming of council meetings - Forbes choosing to do that before it became mandatory.

That has come with increased interest in council decision making that's also very welcome.

The Forbes Art Society's funding win for the sculpture trail and to give new life to the former ambulance station was another highlight.

Enhancement of the Lake areas, improved parks and amenities, expansion of the livestock exchange and waste management are also highlights of her term.

"The lake is looking amazing," she added.

She voiced her encouragement to other community members to get involved with the council.

"We need active and passionate people to put up their hand to go on the council," she said.

"I feel it's not what you know but what you are prepared to learn that matters.

"My experience has been that the role of a councillor is challenging, varied but also exhilarating and rewarding. If you love Forbes, have a go!"