Newly elected Manningham Mayor, Cr Andrew Conlon, has pledged to draw on his understanding of Manningham and its residents to guide Council in his next 12 months as Mayor.
The mayoral announcement was made following a vote at Manningham’s Special Annual Meeting of Council on Thursday, 9 November.
In his acceptance speech, Cr Conlon thanked his family for their support and acknowledged the work of departing Mayor, Cr Michelle Kleinert.
Cr Conlon said he was looking forward to serving as Manningham Mayor and thanked his council colleagues for entrusting him with the responsibility.
“Council’s values include working together, pursuing excellence, being accountable, respectful and empowered,” he said.
“With our values in mind, I am looking forward to working collaboratively and governing with integrity, transparency and accountability.
“It’s important we listen to our community and represent them in decisions affecting their day-to-day lives.”
Cr Conlon said he was also passionate about planning for a better Manningham.
“I believe Manningham is one of the best places to live and I know by working together we will keep it that way,” he said.
Departing Mayor, Cr Kleinert, congratulated Cr Conlon on his appointment.
“I would like to thank the community for their support during my time as Mayor,” she said.
“The past year has been exhilarating and I have truly enjoyed every moment, meeting community members and representing them in Council decisions.”
“I look forward to continue working with businesses and residents in the Heide Ward and serving alongside Mayor, Cr Conlon.”
Cr Andrew Conlon was first elected as Councillor in 2016 and has lived in the Mullum Mullum Ward for more than 13 years, originally in Park Orchards and currently in Warrandyte.