CORANGAMITE Shire mayor Chris O’Connor is set to be returned to the top job with little opposition from fellow councillors.
The former dairy farmer, who was elected in 2012, said he was yet to canvass whether other councillors would put their hand up but he was keen to continue in the role.
“Typically the Corangamite mayor does a couple of years unless they’ve had some tremendous blue or hated the job,” he said.
Cr O’Connor said the mayoral role was something people grew into and you should be better at it in the second year.
“I’ve found it very interesting,” he said.
“The role has been a bit challenging, but I’ve really enjoyed it.
“There are a range of Corangamite councillors who could do the job. We’re a productive council and we all work well together.”
Cr Ruth Gstrein said Cr O’Connor had her support if he chose to go again but she wouldn’t rule out a tilt at the job in the future.
“Chris has really stepped up and done a terrific job,” she said.
Cr Gstrein served three terms as mayor, from 2006 to 2009.
She said it wasn’t something she would pursue at this point in time, but “never say never.”
“It’s one of those jobs where you don’t realise how much pressure is on you until you stop,” she said.
“I’d take the assumption that Chris would go again.”
Cr Geoff Smith said he was yet to hear of any other councillors who were preparing to stand.
Cr Smith has been mayor several times and when asked if he would have another go said he’d “been there and done that”.
“Frankly, Chris is doing a good job,” he said.
Cr Jo Beard agreed with her fellow councillors and said she fully supported Cr O’Connor.
First-time councillors Chris Harkin, Wayne Oakes and Neil Trotter, who were elected last year, also backed Cr O’Connor in the job.
“I’ve only been here two minutes,” Cr Harkin said.
“Chris has my support.
“The good thing about Corangamite is we’ve got two other ex-mayors we can go to for advice.”
Cr Trotter said he was unaware of any other councillors who were looking to run and it hadn’t been discussed as a council.
“There are always differences but we work pretty well together,” he said.
“We take a co-operative approach.”
Cr Oakes said Cr O’Connor had done an outstanding job and he would support him becoming mayor for a second term.