Tamworth Regional Council to vote for deputy mayor next Tuesday

A DUEL for the role for deputy mayor will unfold at Ray Walsh House next week with one councillor looking to reclaim the role after a year on the sidelines.

HEAD TO HEAD: Deputy mayor Helen Tickle will face a challenge from her predecessor Russell Webb at Tuesday's council meeting.

HEAD TO HEAD: Deputy mayor Helen Tickle will face a challenge from her predecessor Russell Webb at Tuesday's council meeting.

Cr Tickle ascended to the role 12 months ago, ousting the former deputy, Russell Webb, by five votes to four at the first meeting of the newly-elected council.

The Leader can reveal Cr Webb will, once again, nominate for the role at Tamworth Regional Council’s next ordinary meeting on Tuesday.

Cr Tickle will also look to retain the job.

There will be no mayoral election at the meeting after a change to the Local Government Act, last year, saw the minimum term for council mayors extended to two years.

The incumbent said she has received a lot of support from a good cross-section of the community, during the last 12 months.

Cr Tickle said she wanted to continue to work as part of a “strong, cohesive team” to serve the community as deputy.

“I’m fortunate to be a part of a strong council in a growing area and be a part of a team that has achieved a lot of things,” Cr Tickle said.

She said she had the “ability to represent” cross sections of the community with experience working in regional and rural areas.

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Cr Webb said he was “well-suited” to take up the role once again.

“I think that I’ve served in that position in the past and achieved a few things,” he said.

“The next three years are going to be very important for the direction of the region.

“I think I’m well-suited to take it up again.”

It has almost been a year since the Tamworth region went to the polls to choose the current council.

The voters put three new faces into the council chambers in Charles Impey, Glenn Inglis and Jim Maxwell.

Both of the confirmed candidates for deputy mayor spoke highly of the cohesive council.

“It’s a very strong council and its held in high regard at state and federal levels,” Cr Tickle said.

While Cr Webb said the TRC has been a very stable local government since the amalgamation in 2004.

“[Around the state] there’s a lot of factions, there’s a lot politics and a lot of councils that aren’t working,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate to have a group of people with very diverse views and also the maturity to move forward with things.”

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