Council submitted its Every Bit Counts petition to State Parliament on Wednesday 19 September.
At a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 31 October, Tucker Ward Councillor Jamie Hyams was elected Mayor of Glen Eira for the 2018–19 Council year.
Camden Ward Councillor Joel Silver, who is serving his first term on Council, was elected Deputy Mayor.
Cr Hyams has lived in the City of Glen Eira for more than 25 years. He first served on Council from March 2003 to 2005, and has been a Councillor again since November 2008. He was Mayor in 2012 and 2013 and Deputy Mayor in 2011 and 2018.
Cr Hyams said he is deeply honoured to be elected Mayor of Glen Eira.
“I thank my Councillor colleagues for the trust you have shown in me by electing me to this position. I will work hard to repay that trust,” he said.
“I’m especially pleased to be elected Mayor of this Councillor group, as we all bring different passions, perspectives and strengths.”
Cr Hyams said he has some big shoes to fill taking over from outgoing mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos.
He said Cr Athanasopoulos had “distinguished himself with his friendliness and his warmth” which were “greatly appreciated and admired by our community. He led this Council with distinction throughout the year and he should be proud of how he fulfilled the role and what he has achieved.”
Cr Hyams said over the next year he is looking forward to further advancing Council’s structure plans, upgrading the City’s sporting facilities, establishing the community garden at Moorleigh Village in Bentleigh East and developing a dog agility park, which will be adjacent to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve vehicle tunnel entrance.
“I am also looking forward to working with the State Government and the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust to achieve better public access and community facilities in the massive open space in the centre of the racecourse,” he said.
Media Release — New Mayor for Glen Eira