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Deputy mayor selected

Thursday, 27th September, 2012

Darriea Turley Darriea Turley

By Erica Visser

Acting in a position of authority is nothing new for Councillor Darriea Turley.

The ALP member was last night elected as deputy mayor for the fourth time since entering local government in the nineties.

Clr Turley was saved from giving a spiel when a lack of candidates meant she was automatically put into the role.

But the returning councillor kept her modesty intact as she remained in her chair for the remainder of City Council's first general monthly meeting
for the term.

However, next month she would sit alongside Mayor Cuy, who is no newcomer to chairing Council's meetings.

Clr Turley said she was excited to be unanimously accepted into the position.

"I look forward to the next 12 months... and I am glad that nobody opposed my position," she said.

"There's a few experienced councillors and I'm committed to making it work.

"My goal is working as a cooperative."

Mayor Cuy was also happy with the result. He spent 12 months alongside Clr Turley during the last term.

"I think that given Darriea's experience and her success in the election in bringing four Labor councillors on board means this is a great reward," he said.

Mayor Cuy said he was "very, very happy" with the way that last night's speedy meeting progressed.

"We really are getting back to that 20 year integral plan," he said.

Whilst the new Council is still in its honeymoon period, both Mayor Cuy and Clr Turley were optimistic Council was "moving in the right direction".

Councillors peacefully and cooperatively nominated into committees, but there was still one that was yet to be filled.

The notion of an external audit committee would not be sorted until next meeting, in late October.

One noticeable absence at the opening meeting was that of Peter Black, who is returning as an alderman after two decades.

Mr Black requested a leave of absence as he was out of town.

Council's next general meeting would be held on October 31, where for the first time ever, councillors will have access to Ipad tablets to view documents on.

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