APOLLO Bay’s Frank Buchanan says he is ready to resume his duties as a civic leader after winning a Colac Otway Shire Council vote countback.
Mr Buchanan replaces Mick McCrickard as the seventh member of the council after Mr McCrickard resigned last month to focus on his job at Trinity College Colac.
A redistribution of Mr McCrickard’s votes from last year’s council election found Mr Buchanan was the next in line for a seat on the council.
The council plans to swear in Mr Buchanan as a councillor before the next monthly council meeting at Birregurra on Wednesday, where councillors will vote on salinity overlay issues.
Mr Buchanan, who was a member of the previous council but lost his seat at the election, was in Colac to catch up on the council issues with mayor Lyn Russell.
The Apollo Bay resident said he would be ready to vote on and discuss topics on Wednesday.
“I’ve been having a very strong view on the things that have been going on anyway,” Mr Buchanan said.
“I haven’t been out of the loop, I’m always interested in what’s going on,” he said yesterday.
“I just want to catch up, get up to speed on it today so I can come to my own views.”
Mr Buchanan said he had “unfinished business” to attend to as a councillor, including a campaign to change the way councils charged rates on agricultural properties.
Cr Russell said Mr Buchanan’s experience and enthusiasm would be an asset to the council.
“Frank was a measured and reasoned voice when previously on the council and we welcome his return,” she said.
“He will provide great expertise, particularly in the areas of local government, agriculture and business.
“Frank’s return also provides a voice for Apollo Bay, which the Apollo Bay community has wanted.”