There is an all-female leadership of the Limestone Coast Local Government Association for the first time since the regional organisation was established in the colonial era. The annual election was conducted at its meeting hosted by the Tatiara District Council at Bordertown on Friday.
Naracoorte Lucindale Mayor Erika Vickery will continue for a seventh consecutive year as LCLGA president as she was the sole nominee. Her long-serving deputy had been Grant District Mayor Richard Sage but he has been succeeded by first-term Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin.
Mr Sage had been nominated by Kingston Mayor Kay Rasheed but the nomination lapsed for want of a seconder. Ms Martin was the only other name put forward and it came from first-term Robe Mayor Alison Nunan.
Wattle Range Council Mayor Des Noll seconded the nomination of Ms Martin and has congratulated her on her election. “She will bring positive leadership to the LCLGA and support Ms Vickery,” Mr Noll said. “I would also like to acknowledge the service and commitment of Mr Sage to the LCLGA.”
Mr Noll was an unsuccessful candidate for the LCLGA vice presidency a year ago. Last month, Wattle Range Council had sought a first-ever all-female leadership of the LCLGA but with two other mayors.
It nominated Ms Nunan as the LCLGA president with fellow rookie Ms Rasheed as the vice-president. However, both coastal mayors informed Wattle Range Council they would decline the nominations.