Ron Campbell will lead Narrabri Shire Council as mayor following his election at Tuesday’s meeting.

Cameron Staines renominated for the position of deputy mayor.

Both Cr Campbell and Cr Staines were elected unopposed.

Cr Campbell paid tribute to former mayor Cathy Redding.

“Your dedication to the job and to everyone in this room has been outstanding,” he told the meeting.

“Thank you for the opportunity to become mayor.”

“I’m excited to take on the role in such an exciting time for the shire.”

Cr Redding fought back tears as she thanked council staff for their support during her time at the helm.

She said she looked forward to seeing many of the projects that the shire had started through to completion with her fellow councillors.

“I have enjoyed my time leading the shire and look forward to supporting Cr Campbell in his new role as mayor,” she said.

Among her highlights while serving as mayor were winning the prestigious Bluett Award in 2018, the funding win for stage one of the Inland Port and infrastructure upgrades which included securing water supply for Narrabri, Pilliga, Gwabegar and Bellata as well as constructing Baan Baa’s very first water reticulation scheme.

An outpouring of sentiment continued to flow as elected members praised her service and dedication.

“From my memory, Cathy has only had a week off in four years,” Cr Campbell said.

“It was an honour and a privilege to be your deputy mayor,” Cr Staines said.

“Cathy has been a great mayor to get along with,” Cr Annie McMahon said.

Council elections were due to be held in September this year but were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic health regulations.

However, the elections of Narrabri Shire mayor and deputy proceeded as normal.

The elections will now be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

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