The newly elected councilors of the Blue Mountains City Council were sworn in (or affirmation) last night (December 23, 2021), following the 2021 local elections.
Councilor Mark Greenhill was elected mayor for a third term, at the special council meeting held online due to COVID-19.
Councilor Romola Hollywood was elected Deputy Mayor, and Councilors Brendan Christie and Sarah Redshaw were elected Deputy Deputy Mayor (to also use the title of Deputy Mayor).
Five new Councilors join the Council: Claire West, Susie van Opdorp, Nyree Fisher, Roza Sage and Sarah Redshaw. Councilors Brent Hoare, Mick Fell, Daniel Myles and Kevin Schreiber are also back for another term.
Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill OAM said: “It is a tremendous honor to be elected mayor. This term will lead me to a record ten year term as mayor of this city, which is also an honor.
“Congratulations to each elected councilor. But we all know it’s not about us, it’s about the community that elected us.
Mayor Greenhill said Council will continue to protect the environment, ensure the preservation of our World Heritage area and prevent overdevelopment of the Blue Mountains.
It would also look at how to create more income for the city, especially from visitors.
“We run a complex city – 27 towns and villages spread over more than 100 km of mountainous terrain. We are periodically threatened by bushfires and we are currently seeing the effects of climate change.
“The City also has a very narrow rate base. We take about $ 40 million in tariffs every year, but it costs us about three times as much every year to run the City. We rely heavily on grants.
“We will be creating a task force in the new year to help solve the revenue problem – to make sure we are able to deliver on the promises we made to the community with regard to infrastructure and facilities. waste.”
Blue Mountains City Council Executive Director Dr. Rosemary Dillon congratulated Councilors on their new term and the Mayor on his third term and 17 years and 8 months of service on Council.