Division One Councillor Rick Baberowski has become the Sunshine Coast’s new Deputy Mayor having been elected by his council colleagues in a unanimous vote at today’s (23 April) post-election meeting in Caloundra.
The appointment was made at the first live-streamed Sunshine Coast Council meeting due to social distancing requirements as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On acceptance, Deputy Mayor Baberowski thanked his fellow councillors for their support saying he was honoured and grateful.
“All of the councillors have valuable experience and important contributions to make to all of our debates,” Cr Baberowski said.
He acknowledged his predecessor former Cr Tim Dwyer and said his appointment was an important symbol as he was the first hinterland based Deputy Mayor of the Sunshine Coast Council.
“I want to thank my colleagues for showing that this council is not controlled, as some people think, by a coastal block and that the hinterland is recognised as an important part of the region,” he said.
The Division One boundary takes in the suburbs of Banya, Baringa, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Bells Creek, Bribie Island North, Caloundra West, Coochin Creek, Corbould Park, Gagalba, Glass House Mountains, Landsborough, Little Mountain, Meridan Plains, Nirimba, Peachester.