New council takes oath, elects Mayor Phyllis Miller and Deputy Chris Roylance

Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM, Cr Jenny Webb, Cr Maria Willis, Mathew Teale (Acting Director Planning and Growth), Janelle Clarke (Business Support), Stefan Murru (Director Corporate Services), Richard Jane (Director Engineering), Cr Aidan Clarke, Cr Brian Mattiske, Steve Loane (General Manager), Cr Michele Herbert, Cr Marg Duggan and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance. Absent Cr Steve Karaitiana.
Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM, Cr Jenny Webb, Cr Maria Willis, Mathew Teale (Acting Director Planning and Growth), Janelle Clarke (Business Support), Stefan Murru (Director Corporate Services), Richard Jane (Director Engineering), Cr Aidan Clarke, Cr Brian Mattiske, Steve Loane (General Manager), Cr Michele Herbert, Cr Marg Duggan and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance. Absent Cr Steve Karaitiana.

The new Forbes Shire councillors took their oath or affirmation of office before Christmas and in their first official duty elected Phyllis Miller OAM Mayor and Chris Roylance Deputy Mayor.

The council elected after the shire went to the polls on December 4 sees the return of five of our incumbent councillors - Phyllis Miller, Chris Roylance, Steve Karaitiana, Jenny Webb and Michele Herbert; a previous councillor Brian Mattiske; and new faces Maria Willis, Marg Duggan and Aidan Clarke.

They gathered in the Forbes Shire Council chambers for the first time on Wednesday, December 22, where each was invited to take their oath or affirmation of office.

Cr Miller was then elected mayor - uncontested - followed by a confidential ballot for deputy mayor between councillors Roylance and Webb.

Newly elected Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance after the first council meeting on December 22.

Newly elected Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM and Deputy Mayor Chris Roylance after the first council meeting on December 22.

"I get very emotional every time I am elected as Mayor because you all know how much I love my town: Forbes is my forever home," the newly-elected mayor said.

"To have such a brilliant array of councillors to work with ... I'm very proud that the community has elected each and every one of you.

"I just want to say thank you so very much for your support."

The mayor also announced in her address that General Manager Steve Loane had renewed his contract for another five years.

She also introduced the council's senior staff and was full of praise for their work.