Cr Taylor won't recontest deputy mayor position

Bronnie Taylor.

Bronnie Taylor.

COOMA-Monaro Shire deputy mayor, Bronnie Taylor, will not contest the deputy mayoral vote at next week's council meeting, drawing to a close three years in the role.

The council meeting on Monday, September 8, will see a new deputy mayor elected with Councillor Taylor setting her sights on an entry into state parliament.

Cr Taylor confirmed she will remain on council, in order to prevent a by-election, and said she will be able to balance the roles of a councillor and possibly a member of the legislative council.

"I'm going to stay on as a councillor. I don't want to cause a by-election, there are better ways to spend public money," Cr Taylor said.

"I could've put my hand up again for deputy mayor, reluctantly I won't. It wasn't the right thing to do.

"I've loved working with the mayor and council, we've achieved wonderful things together."

Cr Taylor was elected to council at a by-election in June 2010, following the passing of former mayor Vin Good. Cr Taylor assumed the deputy mayoral role in the September 2011 council elections, a position she said has brought her much joy.

"The great thing about local government is that it's the closest government to the people," Cr Taylor said.

"A few highlights are working alongside the mayor, Dean Lynch, for the Cooma Universities Centre and the refurbishments of Cooma pool.

"One aspect I really enjoyed was gaining a greater appreciation for the local arts community. I'm grateful council allowed me to open exhibitions, I opened two NAIDOC weeks."

Cr Taylor's decision to run for council four years ago came about after a talk with former councillor Jack Nott.

"I was one of those people who use to criticise council. Jack Nott said I should put my hand up and so I did."

"Things were really moving forward and progressing and I wanted to be apart of the team."

Cr Taylor has gained pre selection for the NSW Nationals in the 2015 state election, where she is number two on the Nationals tickets and seven on the Coalition ticket, providing a realistic chance of entering state parliament.

Cr Taylor said if she is fortunate to be elected she will be a strong advocate for rural and regional health.

"I've an extreme passion for rural health, that's something I'd like to push."

"As one of the inaugural McGrath breast care nurses it was the highlight of my professional career. Being a nurse is such a privilege, you're dealing with people at their most vulnerable."

Come next Monday, Cr Taylor knows the decision to elect a new deputy mayor brings with it much consideration and importance.

"We have some really good leadership, it is an important decision."

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