Moree mayor Katrina Humphries will continue in her role as chair of the Country Mayors Association (CMA) of NSW after being re-elected unopposed by her peers last week.
The re-election, which occurred at the CMA’s quarterly meeting in Sydney on Friday, November 2, comes just over a month since Cr Humphries was re-elected for her 10th year as mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council.
This will be Cr Humphries’ third year as chair of the CMA, having been involved throughout her 10 years in local government.
“It’s a great honour,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful group of people to work with and I’m proud and delighted to be re-elected.
“I’m happy, as always, standing up for the bush. That’s the big thing, standing up for rural communities.”
CMA deputy chair, Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce, said Cr Humphries has done a “fabulous job” over the past two years, seeing the association grow in numbers and strength.
“I’ve been there for about three or four years and since she’s been on the board, she’s brought in more working collaborations with members and organised networking sessions the night before our meetings,” he said.
“It’s all about problem solving in local government – one council might have a problem and another might have the solution.
“She’s doing a fine good job. We’re very fortunate to have Katrina in the role of chair. She’s a real team player. She leads from the front and leads by example.”
Over the next year, Cr Humphries hopes to continue the stability of the CMA.
“With the way government is in Australia at the moment, people are wanting stability. Country Mayors offers that stability,” she said.
“We need to continue in that vain of supporting each other and supporting our communities.”
The CMA represents about three quarters of the state in land mass.
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.