Manningham City Council has a new Mayor, with the appointment of Councillor Deirdre Diamante to the role.
Councillor unanimously elected the Tullamore Ward Councillor at the Annual Council Meeting late last week.
In her acceptance speech, the mother of three said she would prioritise Council visibility and responsiveness for the community.
“The opportunity to lead this city in public service is amazing, it is a real honour,” Mayor Diamante said.
“I want Manningham to continue to be a great place to live, to learn and to grow. I want my children to want to live here, I want my children to want to raise their families here.”
She said Councillors had many responsibilities and one of those was to “protect and foster those aspects of this beautiful city, that make it such a great place to live.”
“I strongly believe one of our core roles, is to represent those people who elected us, advocate for them and to be their voice,” the new Mayor said.
“I want to create more opportunities for councillors to visit your wards and speak on matters that are important to you and your community.”
Council CEO, Andrew Day, congratulated the Mayor on behalf of the Council.
Councillor Tomas Lightbody was elected deputy Mayor. He and Mayor Diamante (both pictured) will serve in their new positions for one year.
Councillors also thanked outgoing Mayor, Cr Michelle Kleinert for her leadership, energy, passion and for reconnecting Council with the community following the COVID-19 lockdowns.