NEWELL Beach business owner Lisa Scomazzon was unanimously elected Douglas Shire Council’s Deputy Mayor during the Declaration of Office ceremony in Mossman today.

Cr Scomazzon was one of four Councillors officially sworn into office at a ceremony held under restricted circumstances due to COVID-19 pandemic social distancing advice.

More than 670 viewers have watched a live streaming of the ceremony on Council’s Facebook page.

Mossman café owner Cr Peter McKeown will join incumbents Cr Abigail Noli and Cr Roy Zammataro in the remaining elected member positions.

Cr Scomazzon said she was keen to get on with the job.

“I am really proud to hold the position as Deputy Mayor and look forward to working with my fellow Councillors for the next four years,” she said.

“Thank you to the Douglas Shire community for putting their trust in me.”

Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon

Mayor Michael Kerr

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the new team presented a good balance for the region.

“I believe the shire should be pleased with the new team of Councillors they have chosen to represent them,” he said.

“We will work effectively and united to ensure that Douglas will be a better place to live, invest and visit, right through these trying times due the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am humbled and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Mayor for the next four years”.

Mayor Kerr will also become the Chairman of the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), while Cr Noli has also retained her position as Deputy Chair.

Cr Peter McKeown

Cr Roy Zammataro

Cr Abigail Noli

Council Meeting Dates for 2020

Council resolved to hold Ordinary Council Meetings on the last Tuesday of every month.

The next meeting with be held at 10am on Tuesday, April 28