FORMER deputy shire president Helen Shervington is the new chairperson of the Busselton Water board.
Ms Shervington had expressed concern that the first scheduled meeting of the new board had to be adjourned on Monday night because three of the six members did not attend and a quorum was not achieved.
Another meeting was then called for last night of which five members attended and though there was an attempt to postpone the meeting until there was a full muster of board members it went ahead and Ms Shervington was appointed chair.
She takes over from Cr David Reid, who did not seek reappointment.
Ms Shervington has had experience with water bodies and occupied senior positions with Water Corp for more than a decade.
She takes over at a contentious stage of the board, following its decision to chlorinate its local water supplies.
She said after Monday night’s meeting did not proceed that it was a critical period as there was widespread dismay at the chlorination and the way it was handled.
Ms Shervington believed there needed to be a serious community explanation program undertaken regarding the chlorination.
“We all need to be clear on what’s happening. While safety is of prime importance, we need to know if we are treating the water supply the best way we can, she said.”