Retiring Wentworth Mayor Melisa Hederics

By JOHN DOOLEY

WENTWORTH Shire Mayor Melisa Hederics has resigned just weeks after being re-elected to the role.

Her shock resignation was announced on Wednesday.

Melisa Hederics was elected to council in 2008 and has been mayor since September 2016.

The resignation for health and personal reasons as mayor and a Wentworth Shire shire councillor is effective immediately.

The ‘Weekly spoke to the Mayor after she made the announcement, where she talked of the difficult decision and confirmed that she would be retiring from council.

“It is what it has been described as – (health and personal reasons)– and it wasn’t an easy choice, but it is one I had to take,” Melisa told the Weekly.

Deputy Mayor, Tim Elstone who will temporarily fill the role, said the news came as a shock.

“We have worked well together with council and always strived to do our best for the community and residents” Cr Elstone said.

“Melisa was a passionate, hard working mayor, practical and straight to the point. She will be a great loss to the community and council.”

Wentworth Shire Council general manager, Ken Ross thanked Ms Hederics for her contribution to the community. “Melisa has been a great advocate for so many members of the community across the whole region. I respect her decision and wish Melisa and her family the very best in the future.” he said.

An extraordinary meeting of council will be held within 14 days to elect a new mayor.