VETERAN councillor Ken Clarke has been re-elected as mayor, flagging a major goal by council to have 90 per cent of a $31 million capital works program completed in 2017/18.
Preceding a 5-2 vote in his favour on Tuesday night, Cr Clarke also highlighted how councillors have won back public perception of council following what he believes was at an all-time low in October 2016.
He spoke of his personal opposition to the proposed $8.9 million solar heated 50-metre pool at the Barr Reserve but he gave his commitment to supporting council’s latest push to secure funding for the facility.
Cr Mark Currie was voted in as deputy mayor for the coming 12 months with no opposition.
Only two were nominated for the top position with Cr Clarke getting the lion’s share of votes and Cr Dave Fuller only gaining support from Cr Harry Bussell.
In reflecting on the last year as mayor, Cr Clarke spoke of how councillors have worked hard on gaining public support in raising their perception of Wangaratta council.