INDUCTION: Provisional Mayor of Whyalla Lyn Breuer said she would be a ‘tough’ chair of the Whyalla City Council who would ‘stick to order’.After a winning tight electoral race, Lyn Breuer was sworn in as Provisional Mayor of Whyalla during Monday’s Whyalla City Council meeting.
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Ms Breuer swore an oath to fulfill the duties of Mayorin front of a Justice of the Peace before addressing the Councillors prior to the meeting.

“I want to thank the people of Whyalla for making me the Mayor of Whyalla, and I particularly want to make tribute to Jim Pollock who served this city long and well…Jim should still be here, we miss him terribly,” she said.

“Whyalla is at a crossroads as we all know, I have lived in Whyalla all my life and this, certainly to me, is the most important time in our history.”

“Council must be respected, happy and proactive, and we need to provide leadership to our city.”

Ms Breuer described herself as a ‘tough’ chair, having previously been speaker for state parliament.

“I will make mistakes tonight, there are some differences in council procedure and I will forget, be a little bit patient with me,” she said.

“I will stick to order, certainly with procedures for speaking, we will follow that through over future meetings.”

Ms Breuer said her experience and knowledge of Whyalla would help her navigate a ‘very difficult period’ over the next two years.

“It was a difficult election…a difficult time for council staff, but we have to put that behind us now, we need to move on in the interest of our city and our people,” she said.

“We as a council need to work together, to respect each other, to be professional and look after Whyalla.”

“Thank you for the honour of being Mayor of Whyalla, and I will do my utmost to look after this city which I love.”

Ms Breuer survived a tight race against fellow candidate and forming Acting Mayor Tom Antonio, who received more first preferences, but ultimately fell short after preferences were distributed from the remaining candidates.

Councillor Robert Schmitz fared well in the election, with the third-highest amount of votes giving him a solid result.

All councillors retained their positions on the council, meaning Cr Jenny Barnes and Cr David Knox remained on the council along with Cr Schmitz and Cr Antonio.

Ms BreuerI served on Whyalla Council from 1991 to 1997, during which time I was Deputy Mayor for threeyears.

She was then elected to State Parliament for 18 years which includedthreeyears as Speaker.

Ms Breuer is currently Chair of CEG in Whyalla, a member of the RDAWEP, and Chair of the Andamooka Town Management Committee.

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