Councillor Reece Byrnes will continue in his role as Deputy Mayor of Tweed Shire for the remainder of the current electoral term after a vote in the Council Chambers overnight.
At an Extraordinary Council meeting in Tweed Heads last night (Thursday 16 September 2021), Councillor Byrnes was elected by his fellow Councillors to remain in his role as Deputy Mayor until the upcoming NSW Government election on 4 December 2021.
In a show of hands, Councillor Byrnes received 5 five votes, while the only other candidate, Councillor Pryce Allsop, received 2 votes.
Councillor Byrnes was supported by Councillors Cherry, Cooper, Milne and Owen. Councillor Allsop was supported by Councillor Polglase.
Councillor Chris Cherry will remain in her position as Mayor of Tweed Shire until the Council election in December 2021. Elected to the role of Mayor in September 2020, Cr Cherry is only halfway through her 2-year term and therefore a ballot was not required for her role.
Under NSW Local Government legislation, the position of mayor and deputy mayor are put to the ballot at the expiry of each term – a period of 2 years for the position of Mayor and one year for the role of Deputy Mayor. The civic offices of all mayors elected by councillors will expire on election day on 4 December 2021.
Councillor Byrnes thanked his fellow Councillors for their support and said he remained as committed as ever to serving residents of the Tweed.
“I’m honoured to continue to serve the community in this role and to work for and fight for them in what is one of the hardest times the Tweed has ever faced,” Cr Byrnes said.
“I’ll continue to work hard and to fight for the interests of the Tweed every day on the issues facing our community.”
Councillor Cherry previously served as Deputy Mayor from September 2016 to September 2017, and again for the same period in 2018/19 and 2019/20, before being elected Mayor.
Councillor Byrnes previously served as Deputy Mayor from September 2017 to September 2018 and again from September 2020 to September 2021.
To view the meeting minutes, including voting, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/CouncilMeetings