Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe set for another 12-months

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Greater Shepparton will be set for another 12-month term with councillor Kim O’Keeffe at the helm, this time teaming up Shelley Sutton, who was elected deputy mayor on Wednesday.

As Cr O’keeffe’s second term as mayor, she said she was honoured to be re-elected and thanked her fellow councillors for their support over the past year.

‘‘There has been so much happen across Greater Shepparton over the last 12 months, definitely attracting new business and industry here is a priority and we’ve certainly worked very hard on that and also visitation and getting more people to Shepparton, the economic benefit for that is huge,’’ she said.

Cr O’Keeffe said she would continue to wear two hats within the community as a councillor and mayor.

‘‘We have these different hats, one of them is lobbying for those asks of government and they’re such a priority because it means future growth and then we have our projects on the go,’’ she said.

Cr O’Keeffe thanked her family before a motion was bought forward to elect the new deputy mayor.

‘‘When you first take on this role, I think you have to expect the unexpected... I was concerned, do I have the knowledge, the ability, am I going to do the job well? I think coming into the second term, I was very hopeful that I would get another chance,’’ she said.

Cr Sutton was elected for her first term in the deputy mayor role.

‘‘I’m excited for the next 12 months, I’m looking forward to it and it will be great working with Kim,’’ Cr Sutton said.

‘‘I think as councillors we all get along really well and we all have a good idea of what each other can do, so it’s nice to have that reinforced.’’

Cr Sutton said she was looking forward to being able to give back to the community.