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Nicola Grieger from Collinsville is the new Division 4 councillor for Whitsunday Regional Council.
Ms Grieger was appointed at a Special Meeting in Proserpine today in a 6-0 unanimous vote of council to the role vacated by the resignation in March of previous long serving Division 4 Councillor Peter Ramage.
She is a long-term Collinsville resident and is passionate about ensuring a positive future for the youth of Division 4.
Council received nine nominees for the position, which will be filled until the next quadrennial local government elections in early 2020.
As Council is in the final part of the current four year term of Council (as defined at section 161(5) of the Local Government Act 2009) but more than six months away from the 2020 elections, section 166(5) of the Act states that Council must fill the vacancy in the office of a Councillor by appointment by resolution of Council.
Mayor Andrew Willcox welcomed the appointment of Ms Grieger and said he was looking forward to working with her.
“We had nine high quality applicants for the position and all presented to Council prior to the Special Meeting.
“I commend the nine nominees who gave passionate presentations to Councillors which made it a difficult decision for us and ensured robust debate.
“Due to the Local Government Act it was an unusual situation requiring Councillors to make the decision on the replacement for Peter Ramage.
“We voted for what we believed was the best candidate to represent the interests of Division 4 and the decision will again revert back in the community’s hands at the next election early next year,” Mayor Willcox said.
“I am confident that Nicola will do an amazing job representing the Division 4 community.”
Division 4 is home to approximately 3,600 residents from rural and coastal residential areas including suburbs such as Collinsville, Scottville, Mount Coolon, Mount Wyatt, Bogie, Dingo Beach, Gregory River, Riordanvale, Strathdickie, Crystal Brook, Kelsey Creek, Andromache, Gunyarra and Lethebrook.