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Somerset Councillors Sworn in for New Term

SOMERSET Regional Councillors, including two fresh faces, were today sworn in to office.

Published: 16th April 2020

SOMERSET Regional Councillors, including two fresh faces, were today sworn in to office.

The ceremony took on a different format to a traditional ceremony to ensure Council followed strict Covid-19 guidelines.

The team, led by Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann includes returning councillors, Helen Brieschke, Cheryl Gaedtke, Sean Choat, Bob Whalley, and new councillors Jason Wendt and Kylee Isidro.

Somerset Regional Council CEO Andrew Johnson said COVID-19 guidelines have given the ceremony a fresh perspective but had not detracted from the important milestone.

“I congratulate councillors on being elected and the mayor being re-elected unopposed,” Mr Johnson said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the previous council and the hard work they undertook for the community and I know this council will excel.

“These are challenging times however adversity will make us stronger and I have no doubt that we will work together to find sensible solutions for the betterment of our region.

“On behalf of the executive team and staff we look forward to your leadership in guiding us along the journey.”

Individual swearing-in ceremonies were completed for each Councillor, rather than the traditional group Swearing-In Ceremony.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann, who was sworn in on 10 April said he was looking forward to working with the team.

“For us, it’s straight into business as usual while adhering to social distancing practices and good hygiene of course,” Cr Lehmann said.

“I look forward to the next four years ahead and hope that we can keep working together,” Cr Lehmann said.

“An important aspect for me and one I would like all councillors to consider is ensuring we maintain a balance with our rural lifestyle and the development that is happening.”

Councillors will have a post-election meeting directly before their first ordinary meeting for the new term on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

Council Induction 2020
Somerset Regional Councillors were today sworn into office and will lead the region over the next four years.
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