As a result of tonight’s Special Council Meeting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2017 are
- Mayor – Mary Delahunty, unanimously elected
- Deputy Mayor – Jim Magee, unanimously elected.
GERA joins with the newly sworn in Councillors in congratulating Mary Delahunty and Jim Magee.
Speeches by Councillors and Mary Delahunty, as Mayor, showed that all recognised the magnitude of the work ahead of them over the next 4 years. Additionally, they felt the current Council could, and would, work cohesively with Council officers and the community, to proactively “kick goals for the community”.
Tonight the new Council meets for the first time and elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. With 5 new Councillors elected, a number of comments downplaying the significance of the election results are appearing on various social media sites – GERA believes the results speak for themselves and reflect the residents’ assessment of Council’s performance.
- The soon to be formed new Council will comprise a majority of new Councillors. This outcome being achieved under Postal Voting – a voting system widely believed to favour current incumbents. The 5 newly election Councillors being Anthony Athanasopoulos, Clare Davey, Joel Silver, Dan Sztrajt and Nina Taylor.
- The incumbent Mayor (Neil Pilling) was not re-elected.
- Only one of 4 returning Councillors (Cr. Mary Delahunty) increased her first preference margin, the 3 others (Esakoff, Hyams and Magee) received much reduced first preference margins
The election results send a clear message to Council – the residents want change.
GERA again congratulates the newly elected and the returning Councillors. There are many challenges to be faced, particularly in the areas of governance and planning, to bring Glen Eira in line with contemporary standards and practices. The results reflect the community’s desire for change and that election promises will be held to.
GERA also congratulates those not elected and the community for delivering a strong message for change. Community participation and engagement with Council is essential in ensuring
- that Council’s focus remains on addressing the major governance and planning issues, and
- that appropriate consideration is given to residents views/suggestions when decisions are being made or when strategies and policies are developed.
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With 5 new Councillors and a new CEO sustained community involvement is key to ensuring the change momentum continues.