Benalla Rural City Councillor, Bernie Hearn, has been returned as Mayor for a second 12-month term following a vote at Council’s November meeting.
“I would like to personally thank my fellow Councillors for placing their trust in me again to represent them, the Council and importantly the Benalla community in this important role as Mayor of the Benalla Rural City,” Mayor Hearn said.
“Over the next 12 months I, with my fellow Councillors, will work tirelessly for the Benalla community, championing development and growth for our town as we plan forward to support local business and provide more opportunities for business development and entrepreneurship.
“I would like to thank my family Russell, Nick, Brad and Emma for their support, encouragement and love they give. And a very special thanks to Councillor Don Firth for his support, friendship, and the guidance he has given me over the last 12 months.”
Councillor Justin King, who was elected as Deputy Mayor, said it had been a privilege to work alongside Mayor Hearn over the past 12 months as the Council navigated challenging times.
“I look forward to being your Deputy for the next 12 months,” Cr King said.