A former shire president of Laverton has been re-elected to the role.
Patrick Hill held the position two years ago and has now been voted back in as president.
He replaces Rob Wedge.
Mr Hill says he felt he owed it to the voters who elected him to the Laverton council to run for the presidency.
He says the shire is now awaiting funds, promised by the Coalition during the federal election, for the outback highway connecting Perth to Cairns.
“Warren Truss promised, along with the Coalition, $33 million over three years,” he said.
“We’re making sure that comes on board, we want to see a sealed road from Laverton or from Perth to Alice Springs and across to Cairns, so that’s the outcome that we want to see – $33 million will be a good start and we’ll be building up our case.
“There’s no indication of any risk of not getting the funding.
“We’ve done all the priority areas on it, we’re ready to go, so it’s just a matter of waiting to find out what their conditions are and then we’ll sit down and go through that, which shouldn’t take that long, so we’re pretty well ready to go once we get the funding in the bank.”