Following the Wingecarribee Council mayoral election, Cr Arkwright offered Councillors an opportunity to address the chamber. Four Councillors took up the opportunity, and all preached unity and cohesiveness.
Cr Duncan Gair was first, telling the room that Council had: “a lot to get through and to heal the wounds.” He asked Councillors to work together for the benefit of the community and to seek to regain community confidence and support.
Cr Larry Whipper opened his remarks with a nod to Councillor Arkwright’s election, saying it was “good to see a woman at the head of the table, so to speak.” He also said it was “imperative that [Council] lick a few wounds and move forward.”
Labor’s Cr Graham McLaughlin said: “We need to be a cohesive council to move forward,” and stated his support for the election of the mayor from the floor of the chamber, saying that’s how it should always be.
Finally, newly elected Cr Ian Scandrett thanked his family and supporters and welcomed the gallery. He also said it was great that the media was allowed to record the meeting and that he looks forward to revisiting the recording of meetings “on a future occasion.”
General manager Jason Gordon wrapped up the love in by saying he was “looking forward to working together for the benefit of the community.”