Monday, April 22, 2024

Boroondara elects new Mayor

City of Boroondara Council has elected Councillor Jane Addis as Mayor for the next 12 months – her second term in the top job.

Councillor Wes Gault was elected as Deputy Mayor of Boroondara.

As the 26th Mayor of the city, Cr Addis (pictured) succeeds outgoing Mayor, Councillor Garry Thompson (Solway Ward).

The newly-elected Mayor said she was honoured to continue the hard work of her predecessors, colleagues, Council officers and community groups, which ensured Boroondara remained a strong community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“2022 will be an exciting year for Boroondara where we will bring to life plans and policies developed in collaboration with our community,” said Cr Addis.

“For example, the Climate Action Plan, with a substantial list of 113 environmental actions, is the third strategy to be adopted by Council in response to climate change; the Boroondara Reconciliation Strategy will formalise Council’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation by providing Council with a 4-year vision for reconciliation in the municipality; while our placemaking projects will help reinvigorate our local economy along with current revitalisation projects.

“I thank Cr Garry Thompson whose leadership over the last 12 months has been empowering for our community. Cr Thompson’s resilience and perseverance has ensured the City of Boroondara remained strong and hopeful for life after lockdown.”

As Mayor, Cr Addis will lead Council’s implementation of major projects in 2021-22, including $80m in capital works projects that include a new community precinct in Canterbury, upgrades to outdoor facilities, and the revitalisation of local shopping districts in Camberwell, Hawthorn and Canterbury.

“Shopping online is not as pleasurable as visiting our local shops and I am very excited to be working with the community to implement the placemaking plans which will reinvigorate our local economy,” said Cr Addis. 

“While we have embraced outdoor spaces during lockdowns, we are eager to welcome everyone back to our community centres and neighbourhood houses. The last two years have really helped us recognise the value of family, friends, our pets, time with work colleagues, sports teammates, walking in nature and speaking with friends.”

The new Mayor also welcomed Council’s new Committee Chairs, Garry Thompson as Chair of the Urban Planning Delegated Committee; and Lisa Hollingsworth as Chair of the Services Delegated Committee.

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