The election of the Mayor of Hawkesbury for the 2016 to 2018 Mayoral Term and Deputy Mayor took place at Council’s Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.
The new Mayor of Hawkesbury is Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett and the new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Barry Calvert.
Recent changes to legislation provides for the Mayor to hold the position for a two year term and Council resolved that the Deputy Mayor also hold the position for the same period.
Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett is looking forward to fulfilling her appointed role over the next two years.
Councillor Lyons-Buckett is keen to work collaboratively with her fellow Councillors, community members and Council staff to ensure that Council is working together with the community to build a successful future for the Hawkesbury.
“As the Mayor of the Hawkesbury, I’m looking forward to creating and planning opportunities to secure and develop a strong and viable future for the Hawkesbury," Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.
“One of the new Council’s first tasks will be to consider the results of the community engagement program, ‘Listening to our community Your Services – Your Say’ and review the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan.
“The work we do over the next four years for our community determine the future path of the Hawkesbury as well as this Council’s identity and autonomy," the Mayor said.
“The Hawkesbury is unique. We don’t want to be pressured to over develop our beautiful region or see the Hawkesbury Local Government Area split up”
“I would also like to welcome the seven newly elected Councillors Emma-Jane Garrow, Amanda Kotlash, Peter Reynolds, Sarah Richards, John Ross, Danielle Wheeler and Nathan Zamprogno,” she said.
“Congratulations also to the other four re-elected Councillors Barry Calvert – who is also the new Deputy Mayor, Patrick Conolly, Paul Rasmussen and Tiffany Tree.”