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Fireworks expected over Deputy Mayor position

The new town council's first meeting on Monday is heading for the first factional fireworks.

New councillor Steve Brown (right), who scored the highest number of votes, is expecting to be appointed Deputy Mayor but he seems set to miss out.

Re-elected councillor Liz Martin, the Deputy Mayor for the last year of the 11th Council, says she will give her vote to Brendan Heenan (left).

Mayor Damien Ryan and new Councillors Jade Kudrenko and Chansey Paech are also tipped to be voting against Cr Brown, one of the Gang of Four conservative Councillors, three of whom also stood against the Mayor.

Cr Martin says Cr Brown is better suited to head up technical services: "He's the ideal choice for that position," she says.

"The Deputy Mayor needs to know procedure and it should be someone who's served on the council before.

"We need to give the new members a chance to learn."

The Deputy Mayor serves for one year of the four year term.

The position will be filled at the first meeting of the 12th Council to be held on Monday, as will be the other positions of heads of committees.

Monday's meeting will be preceded by the swearing-in of the new council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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