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Roper Gulf Shire Council Newsletter, Issue 42 - March 2012 Page 2 Mayor Story Councilors Hello Shire residents and stakeholders. It is with sadness that we see out the first term of the Roper Gulf Shire Council. I would like to thank my Council for all their effort in the past term. At the Council meeting held on the 22nd of February, Council decided it would not enter into a caretaker convention and continue to serve up until the new Council is declared on the 2nd of April. So come the 2nd April the current council member ceases and the newly elected council commences. This term council chose not to go into Care Taker Mode, as policies and procedures have not been established on this, yet. These are being addressed, currently, and the new Council will finalise these procedures. There will be a Finance Committee Meeting on the 14th of March which will be the last sittings of this Council. I would like to encourage everyone to vote, as this is a way to have your say. A static polling booth is proposed for Borroloola and Ngukurr on the 24th March 2012 at the Council offices. I encourage all residents to use your local board members to raise issues you have, or that you would like passed on to Council. Thank you very much. Mayor Tony Jack Polling Schedule Working as one towards a better future through effective use of all resources With the ending of the term of the current council a number of councillors have decided not to re nominate for the new council. We would like to especially acknowledge Councillor Clair OBrien the current Deputy Mayor. Councillor OBrien was elected to Council in 2008 having previously been a Councillor on the Mataranka Community Council, an advisor on the Transitional Advisory Committee and very active in her community at Mataranka. Councillor OBrien helped guide and form the current Council and has been a key member of Council providing both leadership and support to her fellow councillors. She has been noted for her strong intellect and attention to detail. Councillor OBrien sat on the Councils Finance Committee and has represented Council on a number of external committees including the Australian Local Government Women's Association. Councillor OBrien has been a strong advocate for Governance training for newer councillors. Other Councillors not to nominate for the coming election include Councillors Margaret Lindsey, Fraser Baker, David Daniels, Kevin Rogers and Sheila Joshua. We thank all retiring Councillors for their time, commitment and work for their communities and the Shire as a whole. Their efforts and leadership has helped make the Roper Gulf Shire sustainable, viable and vibrant. Poling dates are to be announced at a later date. You will be able to find them in local papers and on notice boards throughout the Shire. You will also be able find them on the Northern Territory Electoral Commissions website or on the Roper Gulf Shire website. Roper Gulf Shire Council Newsletter, Issue 42 - March 2012 Page 3 Outgoing Council