Moree Plains Shire’s council was finally decided on mid-morning Saturday, September 17, and the results ushered in a majority of new faces.
Four councillors will return to their seats, with five new faces taking their place in council chamber and decisions.
Returning councillor of eight years and standing mayor Katrina Humphires easily secured her seat after far exceeding the necessary 618 vote quota in the ordinary votes on election day.
She is joined by two other women on council. Sue Price of Mungindi will be retaining her seat held for eight years. A new face is Kerry Cassels, a Moree clinical nurse working within the Barwon justice system who has interest in building employment and inclusion for Moree and the shire villages.
Jim Crawford is a retired manager with Essential Energy, and take his place in Moree council for the first time. He told the Argus prior to the election he was interested in developing shire infrastructure and opportunity.
A new face is Kerry Cassels, a Moree clinical nurse working within the Barwon justice system who has interest in building employment and inclusion for Moree and the shire villages.
Gurley producer Greg Smith also debuts as a councillor with interest in developing Moree’s unique qualities and focus on the basics. His platform of developing Moree’s assets and qualities was echoed by another newcomer and principal of the Dragon Phoenix Resort, George Chieu of Moree who pledged to be a straight-talker for ratepayers.
Retired builder Stephen Ritchie will take his place as a new councillor this year with interest in development and maintenance of roads, rubbish and rates, and a safer Moree with a boost in local police.
Producer Michael Montgomery of Ashley is returning with 25 years as a Moree councillor and six years as mayor. He is joined by another veteran councillor John Tramby of Gurley, who was voted back in after serving in the role for 21 years.
What do you think?
Does the Moree Plains Shire need more representation from smaller communities such as Boggabilla?