ANDREW Hope will once again stand for the role of mayor of the Liverpool Plains at Wednesday’s elections – but he could have a challenger.
Cr Hope will look to retain the position he has held since being elected two years ago but former mayor Ian Lobsey said he might throw his hat in the ring.
“At this stage I am yet to make a final decision but if I were to run, it would be for the position of mayor,” Cr Lobsey said.
“I think my long association with local government gives me a different insight and I feel that I could bring something different to the table for the good of the community.”
Having served on Liverpool Plains Shire Council since 2004, with 10 years as mayor, Cr Lobsey said economic development and delivering community projects were two key aims if he were elected.
“Despite the drought that is gripping us at the moment, I think our community is going along well,” he said.
“Obviously this drought is having a serious impact on all of us, but I think if we focus on our economic development and delivering for the community, we can continue the good work done by this council so far.”
Cr Hope said if elected, his focus would be on “delivering for the community”.
“When I took on the role of mayor I started a job – now I want to finish the job,” Cr Hope said.
“As a council we have put a lot of effort over the last two years, into securing funding for vital projects for our shire.
“We have those funds and over the next two years it will be about delivering those projects.
“Hopefully I will have the support of my fellow councillors to continue on the good work and deliver.”
The role of deputy mayor will also be decided at Wednesday’s meeting and Doug Hawkins said he hoped to retain his position.
“Cr Hope and myself have worked very well for the shire over the last two years,” Cr Hawkins said.
“We have put in the hard yards and I would really like to see that continue.”
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