Labor Councillor and long time Balmain Tigers fan Darcy Byrne was elected as the new Mayor of Leichhardt Council last Tuesday night.
Liberal Vera-Ann Hannaford was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Mayor Byrne served as Mayor from 2012 to 2014 and replaces The Greens Clr Rochelle Porteous in Leichhardt’s top job. A lifelong Tigers fan, he said he was very proud to be re-elected.
“After 12 months out of the Mayor’s office, I am more determined than ever to provide the energetic and imaginative leadership needed to make the Inner West an even greater place to live,” Cr Byrne said.
“I also congratulate Councillor Vera-Ann Hannaford on being elected Deputy Mayor.”
New Deputy Mayor Hannaford, a former local teacher, has served on Council for more than a decade.
“Both the Mayor, Cr Darcy Byrne and I have grown up in the Leichhardt Local Government Area and made it our home,” Cr Hannaford said.
“We care about the amenity and welfare of our residents so we will work together to ensure the best for everyone.”
Cr Byrne said that in his first two years as Mayor (from 2012 – 2014) he had saved the Balmain Tigers Leagues Club from being put into receivership by facilitating a deal with international developers Rozelle Village; made Leichhardt Council the first in NSW to deliver 30 minutes free parking and built three new sporting fields in Callan Park.
He said there were more steps to come.
“I now intend to lead the Council in acting even more urgently, to find new solutions to local problems,” Cr Byrne said.
“In the days to come I will be putting forward new proposals for how we can bring our main streets back to life, deliver the new services the baby boom demands, and tackle the unacceptably high levels of domestic violence and child abuse in our local community,” he said.
“I look forward to working with you to make things happen for our community.”
Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne