Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook says he is looking forward filling in for Mayor Tanya Milligan, if she is called away for other duties.
Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook says he is looking forward filling in for Mayor Tanya Milligan, if she is called away for other duties. Francis Witsenhuysen

Lockyer Valley deputy mayor Jason Cook takes the reins

STEPPING into Mayor Tanya Milligan’s shoes, Deputy Mayor Jason Cook successfully chaired his first Lockyer Valley Regional Council meeting.

“It went really well,” Cr Cook said.

“Tanya had a conference in Canberra and she was always going to be away for that meeting, so I knew in advance.

“Sometimes, the meeting would be postponed if the mayor is away, but Tanya was more than happy for me to chair it in her absence.”

Cr Cook said he was a little overwhelmed at first, but slipped into the role of Acting Mayor pretty smoothly.

“I was a bit daunted by it because it’s a different arena than what I’m used to, there’s more protocol to the meeting,” Cr Cook said.

“You have to follow that protocol.

“It was the first meeting I had chaired, so I struggled from time to time with that, but it’s something I will get better at with time.”

Cr Cook said he was ready to take the mayoral reins, if and when Cr Milligan was called away again.

“That’s the deputy’s role, that’s what I do, I help out Tanya when Tanya is unavailable,” Cr Cook said.

“I am no different from any other councillor in that vein, as far as me being more important.”

There were no spanners thrown into the works at the council meeting, according to Cr Cook.

“It was a good meeting for me to start off with, it was all pretty straightforward,” Cr Cook said.

“No spontaneous decisions had to be made.”

Cr Cook said the the councillors and council staff were working together well.

“We all seem to be on the same page,” Cr Cook said.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan said she was happy with Cr Cook’s performance and the feedback from the meeting was good.

“He hasn’t asked me not to go away again, so I think that is a positive,” Cr Milligan said.

Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month commencing at 10am at the council chambers in Gatton.


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