Nine Councillors were officially sworn in at Manningham Council last night, with Currawong Ward Councillor Andrew Conlon elected as Mayor and Waldau Ward Councillor Anna Chen elected as Deputy Mayor.
It was a historic moment in Manningham’s history. With Council moving to a new single Councillor Ward structure, each elected Councillor now represents one ward. During the swearing in ceremony Councillors noted the historic moment while declaring their commitment to working for the betterment of all of Manningham.
The recent election saw 86% voter turnout up from 77% at the last election, showing democracy is alive and well in Manningham.
Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said it was an honour to be elected as the first Mayor of this Council’s four year term.
“We have a significant opportunity to develop a four year Council plan that reflects our community’s aspirations. As a group of Councillors, we are committed to ensuring we have the right information, support and time to both develop and deliver on this for Manningham.
“We will represent all the people of Manningham. Public value will be at the heart of our decisions and we will work together to deliver the very best outcomes for our community.
“The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in our community and we look forward to working together to develop and implement plans to support our community’s COVID-19 recovery.
“I thank my fellow Councillors for entrusting me with the role of Mayor over the next 12 months,” Cr Conlon said.
The Councillors were sworn in at the Annual Meeting of Council on Tuesday 10 November. At the meeting, the incoming Councillors thanked the previous Councillors for their commitment to the community over the past four years.
The following Councillors representing nine new wards were sworn in at the Annual Meeting of Council:
- Currawong Ward – Cr Andrew Conlon
- Waldau Ward – Cr Anna Chen
- Bolin Ward – Cr Geoff Gough
- Manna Ward – Cr Tomas Lightbody
- Ruffey Ward – Cr Stephen Mayne
- Schramm Ward – Cr Laura Mayne
- Tullamore Ward – Cr Deirdre Diamante
- Westerfolds Ward – Cr Michelle Kleinert
- Yarra Ward – Cr Carli Lange
For more information and to view the livestream of the Annual Meeting of Manningham Council, visit manningham.vic.gov.au/annual-council-meeting-10-november-2020