Keith Cook has been sworn in as a Baw Baw Shire Councillor with a ceremony held yesterday in the Fountain Room of the West Gippsland Art Centre.
At the ceremony, Councillor Cook took the Oath of Office, pledging to “undertake the duties of the office of Councillor in the best interests of the municipal community and to abide by the Councillor Code of Conduct and uphold the standards of conduct set out in the Councillor Code of Conduct.”
His Oath was signed in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer Mark Dupe, his fellow Councillors, guests and attending Council Staff.
Following his swearing in, Cr Cook officially took up his duties as Councillor for the West Ward, participating in Wednesday’s Open Community Briefing and Ordinary Council Meeting.
Cr Cook was declared elected by the Victorian Electoral Commission on 29 June 2021, filling the extraordinary vacancy created by the resignation of former West Ward Councillor Ben Lucas.
Councillor Cook’s swearing in follows his completion of Mandatory Councillor Induction on Monday 5 July 2021.
Councillor Cook is well known and respected for his service to the Baw Baw community, having previously served as a valued member of the previous Council, a long-term volunteer and Captain of Hallora and District CFA, a member of the Committee for Drouin, Rokeby, and Crossover Friends Group, Warragul and District Historical Society and Drouin Rotary Club.
During his previous term on Council from 2016 to 2020, Councillor Cook also served as Chair of the West Gippsland Libraries Board.
Quote attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss
“On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome Cr Cook’s return. His dedication to the community is without question and with his previous experience we know he’ll hit the ground running. We’re looking forward to pushing on with Cr Cook on board and achieving great outcomes for the community.”
Quote attributable to Cr Keith Cook
“I’m excited to be back on Council and really looking forward to representing the community of Baw Baw. So far I’ve met all the Councillors, including the two new ones and they seem to be a terrific and cohesive group to work. It is fantastic, because a good united Council can achieve a lot.”
Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Danny Goss, Cr Keith Cook and Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Mark Dupe.