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SOUTH BRISBANE COUNCIL.
ELECTION OF MAYOR.
A meeting of the SouthBrisbaneCoun cil was held i ecsterd.iy for the purpose of electing the Mayor for the ensuing yeal*, 'lhere were present-Aldermen .iones, Hardgrave, Nott, Duncan, »Sin- clair. Burke, Dibley, Millson, Fv&li, Luya, .Stephens, and Prout. There were a few ratepayers présent, and among the visi- tors were Aldermen Clark and Thurlow (North Brihbaue).
On the motion of Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Luya, the town clerk took the
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Mr. .Tonos moved,-"That Ahlciman Nott bo Mayor for the ensuing year." Alderman Nott, he said, had not been a member of the council from the be- ginning, 'but very nearly -so. Ile was elected iii one of the ii rat hatches, and had remained a member ever since. He had "been most attentive to his duties, had sacrificed much of his time, and was well acquainted both luth the borough and its requirements, he hav- ing 'been a member of Hie old Woolloon- gabba board. In conclusion, Mr. .Tone« mentioned that he lind not discussed tlie matter nor entered into any arrange- ment with regard to Mr. Nott's nomina-
Mr. Duncan briefly seconded tlie mo- tion, testifying to the ability and devo- tion to the work of the «borough dis- played hy Mr. Nott.
Mr. Dililcy moved as an amendment that Alderman Luya be elected mayor for the ensuing year. Ile thought Mr. Luya was entitled to the position, not only for his work generally but for his ability displayed on the Finance Com- mittee. He would like to see Mr. Nott elected but for one thing ; that gentle- man was essentially a wardi&man. He liad never pleased him. Ile believed that a mayor should he elected by the people, but while the system was as it was they should, choose a mau free from ward grievances as far as possi-
Mr. Burke seconded the amendment,
referring in pleasing terms to Mr" Luya's capacity, and to the services rendered to South Brisbane by Um not only as an alderman, but as a member of Parliament.
Mr. Fish spoke with some diffidence, because he felt that at this particular time he ( could not ßupport Mr. Luya. There was no genileman sitting at the table that he would sooner see made Mayor than Mr. Luya did certain cir- cumstances not exist. At the present time they had under consideration a very important matter, and one in which Alderman Luya as a private in- dividual was largely interested ; and lie felt tha,t gentleman would have some
difficulty'in protecting the interests of the municipality while protecting his own. He( assured the aldermen that so far as he was concerned there was no- thing personal in his opposition. As to Mr. Dibley's objection t« Mr. ISîott, he thought that a very small matter, for force of circumstances would prevent him being a ward, mayor.
'Mrr Stephens supported Mr. Luya for opposite reasons to those advanced by Mr, Fish. Ile belieyed Mr. Luya would be able to get the railway down the river bank, would get it soonor and cheaper than any other alderman. There had been a little friction about the railway, but «by electing Mr. Luya he thought they -yvonjd get the line, and
Mr. Sinclair also supported Mr. Luya on much the same lines as Mr. Stephens, but whichover was elected he was sure
¡he would liave the loyal support of the council. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Duncan sale] it would «he a queer thing If au interested party had to be
(Mr. Midson denied that Mr. Luya would be interested in tlie partway. He was notjfhe owner of tlie property re- ferred to.' ne (Mr. Midson) was assured on the best authority that this was so, and that «Mr, Luya was pledged to give the Irna his support. Of the two men he thought Mr. Luya could best serve the borough, and particularly in the direction of the railway.
The question was then put to the vote, with, the following result :
For the amendment (7) : Messrs. Sin- clair, Midson, Dibley, Prout, Burke, Luya, and Stephens.
Against (5) : Messrs. Tones, Hardgrave, Nott, Duncan, and Fish.
On the amendment being put as the motion. «Mr. Luya was unanimously elected Mayor.
The Mayor-elect was then conducted
to the chair.
Mr. Luya thanked tlie council for the support accorded him. Ile 'was quite aware there wore many important ques- tions before the council. Foremost there was the railway, and had it not been for the earnest wish that the proposal should be carried out he would never have consented to \>c nominated. Ile be- lieved he could do it ^ there wa« no rea- son In the world why he should not. It had beep industriously circulated that it was his object to get into the chair an order that he might iblock the line. A greater falsehood never emanated from any one. Hie only'interest was in the flour-mill, which would be directly «penefited iby the line ; hi« interest in the saw-mill was now nil. The question of finance had also to be considered, for it was certain the railway would mean an expenditure of money to the council which could not be met hy the 2d. in the uound rate now levied. As it iwas,.
there wog barely enough, after paying interest, to keep things running <in the borough. By the help of the aldermen he hoped to carry through a scheme which "would greatly relievo the council. There were also the questions of the change of tramway system and the erection of cool chainbciu, and all were of great interest to rho boroxrgh ns a whole. Ho had seen a disclaimer in that; day's " dourler," from wWeh at ap- peared no restrictions pad been placed on the retail butchers. Ile was mulei/ Hie 'iiniu'ossion from Mr. Geddes that restrictions were to lie imposed. In con- clusion, he wished to assure the connell that although lie pprninully represented Xo. 4 Ward lie would look after the whole borough.
Mr. Nott thanked rhose who had voted for him as well as those who had on posed him. If the latter had done wrong they would, no doubt, linve to pay for it In some way, but he hoped they had clone i-harhr. The only thing sale! against him had been by Mr. Dibley, who spoke of him as being essentially a ward man. Ile denied that lie was, and assured Mr. Dibley that he had done as much for Hint gentleman's ward as for any other. While No. 2 Ward raised two-fifths of (he revenue and owed four-fifths of Hie overdraft, however, .he would try to isfem expenditure in that ward, for he believed thnt expenditure should hear ?home reasonable proportion to the amount it contributed to the revenue. Ile also assured Mr. Luya that ho had not circulated any rumour abotrt his views orr the railway, neither had lie heard any ope speak about it ; but he Thought it hip) duty lo remind the new Mayor that the lion's share of the rail- way had been done hy his predecessor (Alderman Jones!. (Ilwir, hear.) Ile promised loyal support to the chair.
The eonrpany then adjourned to the 'Mayor's room, whore an impromptu toast list was gone through, and nume- rous speeches made.