Councillor Blair Briggs a popular choice to be next shire mayor

Cr Blair Briggs has no desire at this stage to become the next mayor of Wollondilly. Picture: Anna Warr
Cr Blair Briggs has no desire at this stage to become the next mayor of Wollondilly. Picture: Anna Warr

Wollondilly councillor Blair Briggs was “flattered” to hear he was the people’s choice to become the next mayor.

Popular Facebook group Wollondilly Living posted a poll asking residents to vote for which councillor they wanted to become the next mayor.

The first-time councillor received 70 votes of the 138 people who voted.

Cr Briggs said he was “humbled and amused” when he saw the poll.

“Whilst I am flattered, my main concern is getting through the drought,” he said.

“It is hard for me to think beyond my current obligations as a farmer.

“My focus right now is keeping my animals alive.”

Cr Briggs was voted into council at the September 2015 election.

He is the managing director of Mowbray Park Farmstay in Picton.

“The day-to-day obligations as a councillor are large,” Cr Briggs said. “I try to be available to service the needs of business owners and residents.

“I am also the conduit for residents to talk or raise concerns with the council.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a councillor so far.”

Cr Briggs commended Cr Hannan for her work as mayor.

“People do not see how hard Cr Hannan works, especially behind the scenes,” he said.

“I think many of the councillors would struggle to have enough time to put in the number of hours that Cr Hannan does.”

Cr Briggs said he would make a final decision about taking on the mayoral role when it got closer to the date.

The next mayoral vote will be held in September.

Councillor Judith Hannan has held the position since September 2016.

In a 2016 referendum, held at the same time as the local election, residents voted in favour of having a popularly elected mayor in 2020.

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