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23 February, 2024

Cook mayor bids farewell

COOK Shire Mayor Peter Scott is calling time on the mayoralty, opting to retire and not contest the 16 March election.

Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott, pictured with wife Sayah, is calling it a day after 16 years.
Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott, pictured with wife Sayah, is calling it a day after 16 years.

“It’s with mixed emotions that I finish my role as Mayor with Cook Shire Council having joined council in 2004 – with four years as councillor then 16 years as Mayor,” he said.

“After 20 years in Local Government, 30 years in Cooktown, 40 years with my wife and at 70 years of age, it is time to focus on my own family and our own needs.

“We will stay in Cooktown which is a unique and beautiful community and lifestyle. I have been privileged to have helped with its necessary evolution, while striving to keep the friendly, supportive character, cultural and ethnic diversity and spiritual integrity that makes us so special.”

Cr Scott said among the highlights for him during his tenure was seeing the impact of collaborating with fellow mayors, councils and collectives such as FNQROC, TCICA and LGAQ.

“This has allowed us to advocate for the Cape community has been so integral to the sustainable growth of our region and incredibly personally rewarding,” he said.

“I am comfortable that the council is in good shape with a sound financial position, capable and experienced staff at all levels, a diverse and enthusiastic group of prospective new councillors and a positive social and economic future for Cooktown and the shire community.”

“Thank you to all my supporters, friends and colleagues across the Cape and Queensland. It’s been a great privilege, a massive learning experience and a lot of fun.”

Standing for Mayor in the Cook Shire on 16 March will be current councillor Robyn Holmes, Kenny Reid and Ian Murray.


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