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19 November 2020
Newly elected councillors have chosen Ron Ismay as mayor and Melanie Albrecht as deputy for Hindmarsh Shire Council.
Cr Ismay won the position in a two-way contest with Cr Debra Nelson while Cr Albrecht was elected unopposed for 2020-2024 term.
The mayor and deputy were elected at the council’s annual statutory meeting late Wednesday afternoon.
The council welcomed back past councillors Cr Nelson, Cr Ismay, Cr Rob Gersch and introduced two new councillors Cr Brett Ireland and Cr Albrecht.
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Cr Ismay thanked councillors for their support.
"I’m very much involved in the tourism side of things with Wimmera Mallee Tourism, and we’ve got some really good things going on," he said.
"I really believe that we’ve got a lot of businesses out there and hospitality industries that are hurting very badly, and we need to do the best we can to help them recover.
Chris Johnson, Costa Di Biase and Wendy Bywaters will contest a Hindmarsh Shire Council East Ward by-election.
The ward has two representative positions. Debra Nelson was elected unopposed to fill one during local government elections.
A by-election is on December 4 with the Victorian Electoral Commission to announce results on December 11.