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Published Monday 15 November 2021

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Mitchell

Cr Bill Chisholm and Cr Fiona Stevens were elected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor tonight. They will serve in the roles for the next 12 months and replace outgoing Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Deputy Mayor Cr Nathan Clark.

With a focus on planning for growth, climate action, COVID recovery and preparing the next budget to deliver on Council Plan and Community Vision objectives, Councillor Bill Chisholm will lead Mitchell Shire Council as Mayor for the next 12 months alongside Councillor Fiona Stevens as Deputy Mayor.

Cr Chisholm and Cr Stevens were elected unanimously to the roles at Monday night’s Council meeting. They replace Cr Rhonda Sanderson as Mayor and Cr Nathan Clark as Deputy Mayor.

A farmer from the Tooborac area, Councillor Chisholm first joined Mitchell at the 2012 elections and served one term as Mayor in 2018/19.

He is a regular face at community events right across the shire and actively advocates for government investment in roads and infrastructure and emergency management, an advocate for the need to provide local employment opportunities to support growing communities and he has a firm commitment to supporting rural communities as well as meeting the changing needs of growing communities right across the shire.

Councillor Fiona Stevens was first elected in 2016. She has an extensive knowledge of the area and her community, having grown up and been educated in Broadford and working locally since 1981. She has also immersed herself into the community and held many positions in diverse community organisations. She retired from Victoria Police in 2013 after 36 years of service.

Good planning outcomes, embracing history and heritage and enhancing tourism and marketing of the shire are all areas she advocates for. She believes these will bring economic benefits and employment opportunities throughout the shire as well as greatly enhancing the liveability of the area.

She is a strong voice at the table for those she represents and encourages community members to also express their views and have input to Council decision-making.

Councillors vote to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from the Councillor group and whether the Mayoral term is one or two years. Councillors also elected committee representatives, adopted next year’s meeting schedule and received a summary report from the Mayor of highlights and challenges throughout the year.

Committee listings, Councillor profiles and a recording of the meeting can be viewed on the Meet our Mayor and Councillors and Council Meeting sections on our website.

Quotes from Councillor Bill Chisholm, Mayor

I am proud and humble to be elected to the role of Mayor again.

Mitchell has a big year ahead as our community recovers from the impacts of COVID, as we drive our advocacy priorities for the upcoming Federal and State elections and as we work to deliver on the Community Vision, Council Plan and Health and Wellbeing Plan which have set our strategic direction for the years ahead.

I am excited by the opportunity to represent the community for the next 12 months.

Quotes from Cr Fiona Stevens, Deputy Mayor

I look forward to supporting the Mayor to guide the Mitchell community through the coming year as well as supporting Councillors as we head into our second year of a four-year term.

I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to step up and learn and take on more responsibility as we continue to evolve through a period of significant change in a way that plans for a new and exciting future as well as preserving and protecting all the things we currently enjoy and value.

Quotes from Cr Rhonda Sanderson, Outgoing Mayor

It’s been an honour to have served our community as Mayor for the past 12 months and to help lead the new Council through a very challenging year following the 2020 elections.

Despite the challenges, we’ve seen some significant achievements made by Council in the past year. We’ve continued to work in partnership with the community to plan and advocate for our future.

I’d like to thank the community for their support over the past year and wish the new Mayor and Deputy well for the next 12 months.

Quotes from Cr Nathan Clark, Outgoing Deputy Mayor

I’ve been looking for the silver linings in what has been a difficult year for many. What has become apparent is just how important liveability is in all the places we find ourselves. From our homes to our village centres, to the community resources and to our parks and recreation areas.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of decentralisation, so it’s critical that we see good planning outcomes from both council and the state government. This means vibrant villages, diverse local retail and essential services, and walkable neighbourhoods connected by greenspace.

We have a great foundation to build upon and I see good changes coming for the Shire. It has been a privilege and a great learning experience to serve as Deputy Mayor under Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.

This page was last updated on 19 November 2021.