Hobsons Bay Councillors have elected Wetlands Ward Councillor Colleen Gates unanimously as the Mayor of Hobsons Bay.
Cr Gates was elected at an Ordinary Council Meeting on Friday 7 November.
Cr Gates said she believed 2015 would be an exciting year for Hobsons Bay and that Council would focus on delivering the results that support their strategic vision.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be elected Mayor of Hobsons Bay and to know I have the support from Councillors to represent the community,” said Cr Gates.
“The timing couldn’t be more symbolic for me. Yesterday recognised 100 years of women in local government, and today I have been elected as the third consecutive female Mayor of Hobsons Bay.
“As Mayor, I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Councillors, the council administration, our residents, community volunteers and local businesses, to ensure Hobsons Bay remains a healthy, inclusive and resilient community.”
The new Mayor said she looked forward to working with Council to deliver the upgrades, projects and services most in need for Hobsons Bay.
“This Council has more than $30 million of capital works underway this year alone, with significant work delivered right across the municipality to improve our public spaces, our roads, footpaths, parks, gardens and the myriad of facilities this Council provides to the community.
“I will also continue to advocate, to get our big community issues on the agenda of decision makers.”
The Mayor thanked her predecessor Cr Sandra Wilson and acknowledged her many achievements.
Strand Ward Councillor Paul Morgan was also appointed Deputy Mayor unanimously.
“I am honoured to represent the area I’ve lived in my whole life and I look forward to working with the new Mayor and my fellow Councillors to deliver on our vision for Hobsons Bay,” Cr Morgan said.
“Along with the Mayor, I will work hard to tackle economic development in the region, one of the biggest issues facing the municipality.
“We are already working closely with other councils, local businesses and agencies, to provide our community with security and growth beyond the changes we are seeing in the manufacturing sector.”
Cherry Lake Ward Councillor and former Mayor, Sandra Wilson said the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor would lead council strongly and with integrity.
“I’m proud of this values based Council and what we’ve achieved as a team and I look forward to working with the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor over the next year and continuing to work hard for our community,” Cr Wilson said.