The Country Mayors Association of NSW (CMA) is pleased to announce the new executive team elected at the AGM held in Sydney on Friday, 11 March 2022. Cr Ken Keith OAM (Mayor of Parkes Shire) was returned as Chairman, and Councillor Jamie Chaffey (Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council) was elected Deputy Chair.
Eight Country Mayors were also elected to the Executive, including Cr Craig Davies (Narromine Shire Council), Cr Rick Firman OAM (Temora Shire Council), Cr Russel Fitzpatrick (Bega Valley Shire Council), Cr John Medcalf OAM (Lachlan Shire Council), Cr Phyllis Miller OAM (Forbes Shire Council), Cr Sue Moore (Singleton Council), Cr Kylie Thomas (Kyogle Council), and Cr Russell Webb, (Tamworth Regional Council). Mr Kent Boyd PSM, General Manager Parkes Shire Council, was elected Secretary/Public Officer.
The CMA represents almost 70 rural and coastal councils across New South Wales, the equivalent of about three quarters of the state in land mass, proving to be a formidable force in advocating for local government and issues that affect their communities.
The CMA allows local government from rural and regional NSW to come together to discuss issues of specific interest, to areas outside the major metropolitan centres as well as looking at the bigger picture of the whole local government sector within the State.
Some of the key priorities for the CMA is looking at converting waste to energy, improving roads, attracting country doctors and investing in new technologies.