SEVEN of the eight members of the incoming Derwent Valley Council were sworn-in during a public ceremony outside the council chambers in New Norfolk last night. The event began with an aboriginal welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
Councillors Phillip Bingley, Peter Binny, Matthew Hill, Justin Derksen and Jessica Cosgrove were sworn in alphabetical order. They were followed by Luke Browning who was sworn as a councillor and as deputy mayor, and Michelle Dracoulis who was sworn as a councillor and mayor. Council general manager Dean Griggs said incoming councillor Sara Lowe was on leave and would be sworn-in next Monday night.
Mr Griggs acknowledged and thanked the former councillors he had worked within in the previous two and a half years and said he was looking forward to the time ahead with the new group of elected members. He then invited Cr Michelle Dracoulis to address the assembled group of about 40 people. Refreshments were provided afterwards.
Mr Griggs today said the swearing-in for Ms Lowe will take place in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 5.30pm on Monday, November 14. This will be open to the public.
On Tuesday the eight elected members will have a full-day induction that will include sessions with communications consultant Leigh Arnold, local government director Mathew Healey and local government consultant Paul West. They will also hear from guest speaker Rodney Dunn of the Agrarian Kitchen and have a session with lawyer David Morris on managing conflicts.
On Wednesday evening the councillors will be given an introduction to the Derwent Valley Council by Mr Griggs and his executive management team. The first council meeting will be held on November 24.
Top picture: Councillors Matt Hill, left, Peter Binny, Michelle Dracoulis, Phillip Bingley, Luke Browning, Justin Derksen and Jessica Cosgrove. Absent: Sara Lowe.