With the recent resignation of well-respected Lewiston ward councillor, Anne Picard, came the need to appoint a new Adelaide Plains Council representative to the Gawler River Floodplain Management Authority.
At the July 17 council meeting, elected members of the APC voted in favour of appointing deputy mayor, Cr Melville Lawrence, as her replacement.
Cr Lawrence served as Cr Picard’s deputy on the GRFMA board, and was regarded as the most appropriate candidate for the position.
Cr Keene highlighted the experience Cr Lawrence has in respect to the GRFMA and was quick to nominate him for the position.
Cr Keene herself was put forward by Cr Di Troia, however declined the nomination citing her inexperience.
“Cr Lawrence has more information to join the debates than I have,” she said.
She did though accept the position of deputy to Cr Lawrence.
“I’d like to be able to sit and listen and see what’s going on,” she commented.
Cr Lawrence was unanimously voted as the primary representative, with Cr Keene also receiving a unanimous vote in support as his deputy.