Edrington Ward Councillor Susan Serey was elected as the new City of Casey Mayor for 2019/20 at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 29 October.
Serving her first term as Mayor, Cr Serey is the youngest Mayor since the City of Casey was established in 1994. Supporting Cr Serey during her term will be the two newly elected Deputy Mayors, Councillors Rex Flannery and Gary Rowe.
Having served the City of Casey as a Councillor of the Edrington Ward for seven years, Cr Serey said she was humbled to be elected Mayor and thanked her Council colleagues for their confidence in her.
“I have learned from each and every one of you here, my Council colleagues, our officers, and many people in and outside this room over the time that I have served our community,” she said.
“And no doubt, I will learn a lot more this year, but you can be assured that I will work hard, focus on achieving practical outcomes and foster a strong teamwork so that we can continue delivering for our residents and ratepayers of today, while continuing our work towards creating Australia’s most liveable city for tomorrow.”
During her year as Mayor, Cr Serey will focus on how Council can continue to deliver the best services, needed infrastructure, efficiently, effectively and in a more timely way for the Casey community.
“As the City’s youngest Mayor, it is beholden upon me to give some special focus to Casey’s youth, making sure that our young people have the opportunities needed to grow and develop into healthy, positive, and productive citizens. Issues affecting our young people and their families today and, in the future, will continue to be at the forefront of my decision making.
“I am a practical person committed to achieving practical outcomes which can make the lives of our City of Casey residents easier, more productive, more rewarding and more enjoyable.”
In accepting her new position as Mayor, Cr Serey also thanked those around her who have provided mentorship and support during her time on Council, in particular her fellow Ward Councillor Tim Jackson and former Councillor and Mayor Mick Morland.
“I know that I can count on the guidance of former Mayors, my Council colleagues and the Council staff during the next 12 months, and I look forward to building on the achievements of my predecessors – noting and thanking outgoing Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon for her hard work and making people with disabilities a special focus in her community work.”