Tracey Muir takes deputy reins alongside Augusta-Margaret River shire president Julia Meldrum

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Cr Tracey Muir is the new Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council deputy president.
Camera IconCr Tracey Muir is the new Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council deputy president. Credit: Warren Hately/Augusta-Margaret River Times

First-term councillor Tracey Muir has won the support of colleagues to take on the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council’s deputy president position.

In a close vote last week, Cr Muir was voted in to replace outgoing deputy Paula Cristoffanini 5-3 against colleague Kylie Kennaugh, who has previously held the deputy’s job alongside former president Ian Earl.

The vote was sparked by Cr Cristoffanini’s resignation amid news the former shire president – who initially sought the public vote to retain her presidency at last year’s local government election – would relocate to Perth for family reasons.

Cr Muir works for Nature Conservation Margaret River Region and in taking up the deputy’s mantle told the Times environmental considerations would be central to her focus.

“Council has a complex and challenging role, balancing the needs of a rapidly growing population and the pressures from increasing tourism with limited sources of revenue,” she said.

“I’m committed to making a definable difference by supporting advocacy efforts which will strengthen and support our diverse community and protect our region’s unique environment for future generations.”

Shire president Julia Meldrum welcomed her colleague into the new job.

“She’s a diligent councillor and a dedicated community member who is committed to safeguarding the environment and creating a vibrant, sustainable future for our residents,” Ms Meldrum said.

Cr Muir steps straight into the acting president’s role with Ms Meldrum this week starting a five-week stint of leave with a trip to Europe.

Councillors farewelled Cr Cristoffanini and thanked her for her service at the end of a special council meeting on Monday to consider appointment of a new shire chief executive.

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