A FIRST-year councillor who is just 25 has been elected Indigo’s deputy mayor.
Sophie Price, from Rutherglen, was elected unanimously by councillors meeting in special session.
The council said former deputy mayor Bernard Gaffney – who has served as Jenny O’Connor’s second for the past year and had been a three-term mayor – did not re-nominate.
Cr Price said she was encouraged and mentored to run for the council last year by people in the community who believed her knowledge and involvement would enhance the work of local government in the shire.
“I have always been involved in the community in various ways from sport to parents group to various committees and fundraising in all its forms. It’s how communities run,” she said.
“My knowledge of the community means I can be really targeted and effective in connecting people with the council.
“Being a mother of a two-year-old brings me in touch with young families and all their concerns and with my family living in the area for five generations it means I have that connection to the knowledge and history of longstanding generations.
“…My feet have literally hit the ground running in the past 12 months.”
Cr Price said she brought a depth and breadth of community experience to the role of deputy mayor – a position she will hold for the next year.
“…I have watched my fellow councillors closely over the past year and will take some (of this) into the role,” she said.