Sunday, May 26, 2024

Blacktown elects Deputy Mayor

Sydney’s Blacktown City Council has elected long-serving Councillor, Julie Griffiths, to the role of Deputy Mayor.

For Councillor Griffiths, this is her third, one-year term in the Deputy’s role, having first been elected Deputy Mayor in October 2019 when the then-Deputy Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM was elected Mayor.

Following last year’s COVID-delayed Local Government elections, Council re-elected Mayor Bleasdale to hold office until September 2023. At the same time, Council elected Councillor Brad Bunting to hold the Deputy Mayor’s role until September this year.

Wednesday night’s Council meeting elected Julie Griffiths to serve as Deputy Mayor for the remaining year of the current Mayoral term of Council.

Mayor Bleasdale congratulated Cr Griffiths on once again being elected to the Deputy Mayor’s position, saying: “As Mayor, it is my privilege to lead a strong passionate group of councillors and Julie has already proved that she is an extremely capable Deputy Mayor.”

“Julie was first elected to Council in 2008 and has been a strong voice for our City in the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and on the Board of Local Government NSW.

“Julie has had a long and successful association with women’s soccer in Western Sydney, coaching and administering at the elite level, as well as coaching local clubs Quakers Hill and Redbacks,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

Deputy Mayor Griffiths said; “It is an honour and privilege to serve the residents and businesses of Blacktown City. I look forward to continuing with Mayor Bleasdale and my fellow Councillors on this wonderful journey of sustainable growth and development of our City.

“At the same time, I am committed to celebrating our diversity and multiculturalism and working hard to provide better services in aged care and for our young people.”

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