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East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Mendy Urie and Deputy Mayor, Mark Reeves.

East Mayor elected

East Mayor elected

East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Mendy Urie and Deputy Mayor, Mark Reeves.

Cr Mendy Urie is East Gippsland Shire Mayor

Cr Mendy Urie of Eagle Point has been elected East Gippsland Shire Mayor and Cr Mark Reeves is Deputy Mayor for 2020-21.

Cr Urie has previously served two terms on Council, from 2005-2008 and 2008-2012. During that time, Cr Urie served as Mayor for three consecutive years.

Before the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor during a Statutory Council Meeting last night, members of the eighth East Gippsland Shire Council were sworn in.

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Cr Urie said she hoped her term as Mayor will see a positive change in Council culture.

“I deeply appreciate the trust the Councillor group has put in me to lead Council for the next 12 months. I hope and expect we can work with inclusion and kindness in all our work and relationships,” Cr Urie said.

“I will give the role the energy, dedication and time it requires. The first year of a new Council is crucial, and not just because that’s when the Council’s major plans are put in place, but it is also when our relationships are created. The culture we build needs to allow us to make good decisions; where we are safe to express divergent views, and different views are seen as good for effective decision making,” Cr Urie said.

First elected in 2012, Cr Mark Reeves of Marlo is now in his third consecutive term on Council. He previously served as Mayor in 2013-14 and as Deputy Mayor in 2017-18.

Cr Reeves said he will support the Mayor in those situations where symbolic leadership is required.

“I will be able to connect with the whole community and advocate for the most vulnerable in the community. I believe I can support Mayor Urie in developing the collective capacity of everyone in this chamber and everyone in our community.”

The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 December at 6pm. All meetings are live streamed on Council’s website,

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