Farmer re-elected as mayor of Mount Remarkable council

LIFEBLOOD: Re-elected mayor Colin Nottle thanks Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock for promising repairs to the storm-damaged Port Germein jetty last year.
LIFEBLOOD: Re-elected mayor Colin Nottle thanks Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock for promising repairs to the storm-damaged Port Germein jetty last year.

Colin Nottle may be “married” to the top job in the Mount Remarkable District Council, but his first love is wife Heather.

Their marital bliss has been a good omen for his tenure as the district’s mayor.

When he talks about ratepayers being “happier” in his coming 12-month term as re-elected mayor, you can almost hear him in the kitchen of his home speaking of good times.

Mr Nottle, a Booleroo Centre farmer, was elected mayor last year on the day of his wedding anniversary.

“And the day before our anniversary this year, I retained the job,” he said.

“Heather and I have been married for 31 years. They said it would not last, especially my wife.

“We have no children so I have plenty of time to concentrate on council business.”

Last year he replaced Port Germein’s Cr Sandra Wauchope as mayor.

This year, the council called for fresh elections and the secret ballot was held at a meeting in Melrose on Tuesday.

There were three nominations – Cr Nottle, Deputy Mayor Cr Phillip Heaslip and Cr Wauchope.

Cr Nottle won the position with three votes and Cr Heaslip and Cr Wauchope each polled two.

“I thanked those who voted for me and invited the others to come to see me to talk about what areas I can improve on,” Cr Nottle said.

A ballot also took place for the Deputy Mayor’s position with Cr Vicki Morley defeating Cr Heaslip 4-3.

Looking back at his local government career, Cr Nottle said he had leased out his farm in 2006 when he ran for a councillor’s seat.

“I got in and have been there ever since,” he said.

“It is very interesting and I am glad to have the opportunity to make a difference for all our community.

“I have seen a lot of changes in the past 10 years and a lot of them for the better.

“All the roads have got bitumen where they had dirt.

“Some of the roads had never been done before and we are working with the new farmers’ group that the council chief executive officer set up 12 months ago.

“Council is running a lot more smoothly and everyone seems to be getting along a lot happier.

“Representatives of the ratepayers’ association have come in on two or three occasions and said they are happy with the budget and putting more money into footpaths and roads."

What does the future hold for the re-appointed leader?

“More of the same – another stable and productive year  – trying to keep more and more people happy,” he replied.

And that’s a good omen.