Dungog Shire Council to elect its mayor at September 18 meeting

CONTESTING: Cr Tracy Norman has confirmed she will nominate for mayor at tonight's ordinary council meeting.
CONTESTING: Cr Tracy Norman has confirmed she will nominate for mayor at tonight's ordinary council meeting.

Dungog Shire Council will elect the new mayor and deputy mayor at its ordinary council meeting tonight, September 18.

The mayor will hold office until September 2020 when the next local government elections are held and the community then makes the decision on who will hold the top job.

At the last council elections in 2017 the community also faced a referendum on whether or not to have a popularly elected mayor and reduce the number of councillors from 2020.

The community agreed to a popularly elected mayor and a reduction of councillors to six across three wards.

Current Dungog mayor Tracy Norman who has held the role since 2017 confirmed she would throw her hat into the ring again this year.

"I'd really like to cement the work we have done as a council in the last couple of years," she said.

"We have really started to turn the council around with unprecedented funding and I'm really proud of that achievement."

All councillors have nomination forms that can be returned to the general manager by 5pm tonight, Wednesday September 18, prior to the meeting which starts at 6pm.

If only one councillor nominates, that councillor will be elected. If more than one councillor is nominated, the councillors will hold a vote.

Other items on the agenda at tonight's meeting include a development application for a flood refuge mound for stock at Paterson; a proposal to increase rent at Alison Court and a confidential report titled "Planning Department Review."