Tweed Council has elected its new Mayor after Katie Milne stepped down from the top job after five years.
At an Extraordinary Council meeting held yesterday, Councillor Chris Cherry was given the honour by her fellow councillors.
Cherry received five votes, while the only other candidate, Warren Polglase, received two votes.
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Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed to the role of Deputy Mayor, as there were no other nominees.
During her acceptance speech, Councillor Cherry paid tribute to outgoing Mayor Katie Milne for her dedication to the community over the past few years.
“Under Councillor Milne’s leadership our Shire has established a strong sustainability reputation, with a focus on protecting our World Heritage environment and relaxed lifestyle. She will be a tough act to follow and I thank her for her support,” she said.
“My vision as Mayor is for our community to be proud of their Council, for the way we stand up for them, for the way we defend their rights and for the way we look after this land.
“As seven councillors, we each represent different views within the community, but what we all have in common is the desire to do our best for the people.
“We may not always agree, but we respect each other’s views and as Mayor, I will work to find the common ground wherever that can be found.”