The role of Deputy Mayor is not a new one to Councillor Rob Pollock who has, over his 33 years in Local Government, held the position on many an occasion. Clr Pollock is also the capable Chair of the Regional Development Australia Far South Coast, a role he enjoys that has bought considerable benefits to the region by way of State and Federal funding. The role of Eurobodalla's deputy mayor requires the holder to have the capacity to be able to chair complex meetings, have an ability to think on your feet and to best represent the organisation at all levels of government and across all facets of the community. There is little doubt that Councillor Pollock has those skills and will apply them when required. The unanimous vote today will hopefully now see the politics of council continue to stay on track for the next twelve months as his experience often gives guidance to Mayor Innes who is still finding her feet in the complexities of formal procedures of Council meetings. The fact that it was only Councillor Pollock who put his hat in the ring for the deputy mayor position may have come as a surprise as many were expecting the mentored James Thomson to be pushed forward for the position, especially given that it is only a one year appointment. There is little doubt that James will be aspiring to being Mayor as was his father and grandfather. Councillor Pollock accepts the role of Deputy Mayor with his usual cheerful alacrity. Cr Pollock has often said of the role that it helps in advocating for local and regional development projects, such as the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park.
Above: Deputy Mayor Rob Pollock - photo ESC