Councillor Ray Longfellow, incumbent mayor of Central Darling Shire Council said today that the new council, that will be elected on the 8th September will face challenging times in a lot of areas, but particularly the financial management of the Shire.
Ray Longfellow said he will be recontesting his position as a Councillor for B Ward at the upcoming election.
Ray said that future councillors will need to be switched on and have a good understanding of the functions of Local Government and the areas that councillors can influence. In particular they will need to have a very good understanding of the difference between policy and operational matters.
Consultants to cost $300,000.
Ray also confirmed that initial estimates show that the use of consultants to fill vacant positions in the Shire will cost around $300,000 between the end of June 2012 and December 2012. Ray said this is partly the result of the shire being unable to recruit full time staff with suitable qualifications who are prepared to live and work in remote areas.