Tweed Shire Council has a new mayor.

The Mayor of Tweed for the period until September 2011 is Councillor Kevin Skinner following a mayoral election held today at an Extraordinary Meeting of Tweed Shire Council.

The other nominees for the position of mayor were former Mayor Councillor Warren Polglase and Councillor Dot Holdom.

Councillor Skinner received four votes to Councillor Polglase’s three votes after Councillor Holdom was eliminated in the first round after receiving one vote.

The poll was conducted by open voting, which was a show of hands.

Mayor Skinner is a motel operator at Chinderah, where he has lived for the past 20 years.

“My main objective as Mayor will be to preserve this lovely, pristine environment – I love the Tweed,” Cr Skinner said.

“Certainly we have to have development but with consideration for the environment at the same time.”

Councillor Barry Longland has been elected to the position of Deputy Mayor.

There were two other candidates for the position of Deputy Mayor – Councillor Phil Youngblutt (who has held the position) and Councillor Dot Holdom.

Councillor Longland received four votes to Councillor Youngblutt’s three votes after Councillor Holdom was eliminated in the first round after receiving one vote.

Councillor Longland said he was relieved the election has resulted in a clear winner for the position of mayor and was not drawn from a box, as it was in 2009.

“We have a mayor that has a clear mandate unlike last year’s – which was no fault of Warren’s,” Councillor Longland said.

“I look forward to working with Kevin. He has the potential to unite us as a group and we have to come together,” Councillor Longland said.