Stephanie Asher re-elected as Greater Geelong Mayor

Councillor Stephanie Asher will continue as the City of Greater Geelong’s Mayor, after she was re-elected unopposed by her councillor colleagues during a special meeting at City Hall.

Cr Asher has been elected for a further term of two years, having already served as Mayor between October 2019 and this year’s council elections.

An Ocean Grove resident, Cr Asher was first voted onto the council in 2017.

She was re-elected as a representative of the Bellarine Ward during the recent 2020 council elections.

Cr Asher said she was humbled, grateful and excited to continue as Mayor.

“I feel incredibly privileged and honoured to be given the chance to lead this beautiful region once again,” she said.

“My priorities will be: fast-tracking key projects and processes to get the economy and community morale up and running; getting the Sustainability Plan into rapid action with input from the community and interest groups; reviewing the budget to focus on critical projects; and setting up a shadow deputy roster once again, to build capacity in the Council team.”

Fellow Bellarine Ward councillor Trent Sullivan was elected unopposed as the Deputy Mayor.

Cr Sullivan, from Portarlington, is also serving his second term on the Council.

Cr Sullivan said he was looking forward to supporting Mayor Asher in his new leadership role.

“I’m humbled and honoured to be elected by my fellow councillors for the next two years,” he said.

“Now our four-year term begins and we launch straight back into the fray of fighting for our community.

“We need to put the hard yards into rebuilding our local economy and our community by supporting our businesses and community groups, and building the necessary infrastructure to make sure our region will not only survive, but thrive.”

Mayor Asher congratulated Cr Sullivan on his appointment as Deputy Mayor.

“I really look forward to working together and bringing energy and a commitment to getting things done as a team,” she said.

The City of Greater Geelong thanks outgoing Deputy Mayor, Cr Kylie Grzybek, for her service in the role between October 2019 and October 2020.

Background note: In all Victorian councils, except Melbourne City Council, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the council group. This is a direction of the Victorian Government under the Local Government Act 2020.

The City of Greater Geelong returned to this system in 2017, following recommendations from the Citizen’s Jury.

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