Tree damage Moree ShireFollowing the wild weather over the past few days, bear in mind, trees around the Shire (including on private property) may have been weakened and become unstable and can pose a risk to community members. Trees and branches may have been hit by lightning or affected by very strong winds during big storms. As Council and property owners assess the damage caused by recent storm activity, please be mindful of the risk of trees and branches falling.

Report any concerns to Council on (02) 6757 3222.

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Cr. Humphries returned as Mayor, Cr. Smith announced as Deputy

Councillor Katrina Humphries has been re-elected to the office of Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council, with Councillor Greg Smith elected to the office of Deputy Mayor.

During the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 September 2018, there were two nominations for the office of Mayor, being Cr Katrina Humphries and Cr George Chiu. Following an ordinary secret ballot, Councillor Katrina Humphries received 5 votes to Councillor Chiu’s 4 votes, resulting in Councillor Humphries being announced as Mayor.

The office of Deputy Mayor received only one nomination, being Cr Greg Smith, who was appointed for a period of one year. Cr Smith replaces Cr Stephen Ritchie, who has held the office of Deputy Mayor for a period of two years.

Cr Humphries thanked Cr George Chiu for standing for the office of Mayor and Cr Greg Smith on his successful appointment to the office of Deputy Mayor. Cr Humphries also took the opportunity to acknowledge Cr Stephen Ritchie’s dedicated service to the community during the past two years while he has held the office of Deputy Mayor.

On accepting the Mayoral position, Councillor Humphries said “I am very proud and honoured to represent the Moree Plains community as Mayor and would like to thank my loyal supporters”.

The term of office for the Mayor will run until September 2020; at which time the next Local Government elections will be held and all Councillor positions become vacant.