Councillor Zoë Baker has been elected as the new Mayor of North Sydney Council.

The Councillors voted for Mayor Baker at their first meeting of the year on Monday 10 January. Councillor William Bourke was elected as Deputy Mayor. Mayor Baker will serve in the role until September 2023, and Councillor Bourke as Deputy Mayor until September 2022.

Mayor Baker paid tribute to the former mayors before her who paved the way for women in local government in North Sydney including her mother Carole Baker and the longest serving Mayor of North Sydney Genia McCaffery.

“I am incredibly lucky to be the daughter of Carole Baker, the first woman mayor of North Sydney, serving in that role over 40 years ago. My mother instilled in me a deep expectation of and commitment to active public service. I’m exceptionally fortunate to stand on the shoulders of the incredible, formidable women who came before me,” Mayor Baker said.

“Our community elected a progressive Council. Whether this is their first term, or they have been re-elected, we all share the singular honour of serving our community.”

Mayor Baker said the new Council would hit the ground running with a list of priorities already in motion, including a commitment to greater public participation and transparency, arresting overdevelopment, increasing public open space, and standing up to the State Government on the devastating impacts of major infrastructure projects on our community.

At their meeting on Monday night, the Council passed a motion to begin the process to amend the North Sydney LEP to remove the addition of residential flat buildings in R3 medium density zones. They also passed a motion to commence a review of the creation of a heritage conservation area in Parraween St, Cremorne.

The North Sydney local government area is split into two wards, Cammeraygal and St Leonards. Five Councillors were elected in each ward at the elections on December 4. 

The following candidates were elected from the Cammeraygal Ward:

  • Jilly Gibson (IND)
  • Ian Mutton (IND)
  • Shannon Welch (ALP)
  • Georgia Lamb (SAP)
  • MaryAnn Beregi (IND)

The following candidates were elected from the St Leonards Ward:

  • James Spenceley (IND)
  • Godfrey Santer (ALP)
  • Zoe Baker (IND)
  • William Bourke (SAP)
  • Alanya Drummond (IND)

Five of the Councillors are new to Council and the other five are returning Councillors. Six of the ten councillors are women.

The next Council Meeting will be held on Monday 21 February 2022

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