By JUSTIN COOPER.
Waverley Council’s latest meeting brings the re-election of Mayor Paula Masselos, and the election of new Deputy Mayor Ludovico Fabiano, to lead the council together for next 12 months.
On Tuesday at the beginning of their meeting, Waverley Council held their anticipated election for both Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The Mayoral election saw nominations for Masselos and Cr Tony Kay, with the vote favouring Masselos 7-5.
Similarly, the vote for Deputy Mayor between Fabiano and Cr Will Nemesh saw a 7-5 result, in favour of Fabiano.
In being elected, both Masselos and Fabiano expressed the honour of continuing to honour the community within these respective roles.
Masselos returns for a third term
Prior to the election on Tuesday night, Masselos expressed that it had been her “privilege and honour” to hold the position the past two years.
In initially exiting the position she thanked her team, Cr Keenan for support as Deputy during the term, and the council for the “sometimes robust” discussions which have brought the council together.
Following her re-election, entering her third term as Waverley Council Mayor, Masselos spoke to City Hub on her gratitude for the council and local community.
“I am honoured and humbled to have been reelected as the Mayor of Waverley, and I continue to look forward to representing the Waverley community and delivering on the Council’s vision for a vibrant and resilient Waverley where our community is empowered to collaborate for a sustainable, connected and innovative future,” says Masselos.
Under her Mayoralty, Masselos aims to deliver the council’s “most exciting infrastructure projects to date.” These projects include the restoration of Bondi Pavillion, the Boot Factory building in Bondi Junction, and Bondi Junction Cycleway.
Masselos also reaffirms the council’s commitment to reaching net zero carbon emission by 2035, which has been advanced by the launch of the Waverley Council Net Zero Alliance last month.
New Deputy Mayor Fabiano
In a statement following the meeting, Deputy Mayor Fabiano expressed his excitement for his term working with the Mayor, the council and local community.
“Since my election to Council in December 2021, I have been very proactive in getting to know our community and to ensure Waverley residents have a voice and representation in Council,” Fabiano explained.
“I look forward to collaborating and working with the Mayor and Councilors in meeting our commitments to the Waverley community for the next 12 months.”
Fabiano also expressed gratitude to outgoing Deputy Mayor Cr Elaine Keenan for their work over the past four years, within the position.
Being elected by the councillors in accordance with the Local Government Act (1993), Masselos will hold the Mayoral position for the next 2 years. Deputy Mayor Fabiano will hold the position for the next year, finishing September 13, 2024.