Cr Joe McCracken elected Mayor of Colac Otway
Published on 08 November 2017
Cr Joe McCracken has become the youngest person to be elected Mayor of the Colac Otway Shire Council.
Cr McCracken, 29, will lead the Council for the next 12 months with Cr Jason Schram to serve as Deputy Mayor.
Cr McCracken said he was honoured to serve as Mayor and looked forward to working closely with Councillors, the organisation and the wider community.
“We’ve got a passionate group of Councillors who want to do great things for this community,” he said.
“My work as a teacher puts me in touch with our community’s future leaders and I think I’m in a unique position to bring more of a youth focus to the Mayoral role.
“I’m excited about stepping into a leadership position and I’d like to thank my colleagues for entrusting me with the office of Mayor.”
Cr McCracken said the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer was one of Council’s most important upcoming tasks.
“Councillors are investing a lot of time and effort into ensuring we get the right candidate for this community and we look forward to finalising this process soon,” he said.
“We have a busy year ahead as we work on increasing our community’s involvement in projects such as our budget preparation, and reviews of our rating strategy and road management review,” he said.
“Bushfire recovery at Wye River and Separation Creek will also step up a notch with the installation of a new stormwater system, and work also continues on realising the community’s vision for the future of the Apollo Bay harbour.”