Ex-chief of Jerilderie Council keen to lead new shire after election

In power: Austin Evans has gone from Murrumbidgee Shire councillor to administrator of the new Murrumbidgee Shire to councillor again on the merged entity. Picture: AREA NEWS
In power: Austin Evans has gone from Murrumbidgee Shire councillor to administrator of the new Murrumbidgee Shire to councillor again on the merged entity. Picture: AREA NEWS

THE last mayor of Jerilderie Shire wants to become the first leader of the amalgamated Murrumbidgee Council.

Ruth McRae was elected unopposed in the Jerilderie ward alongside two other former councillors Faith Bryce and Gaila Smith.

Austin Evans, mayor of the previous Murrumbidgee Shire, who was also the administrator of the merged council, was elected unopposed in the ward centred on Coleambally.

The only contested ward, based on Darlington Point, should be decided on Wednesday when final results are expected to be declared.

Ruth McRae will seek to become mayor of the new Murrumbidgee Council

Ruth McRae will seek to become mayor of the new Murrumbidgee Council

Mrs McRae said she was keen to be mayor.

“I see it as a challenge and a real opportunity and it (the merger) opens up our area and I have the time,” she said.

“My kids are all independent and I have a very supportive husband who runs his own business.”

Mr Evans, who is seeking National Party preselection for the NSW seat of Murray, is undecided about a mayoral tilt at the council’s first meeting on September 21.