At last night’s Statutory Meeting (Thursday 8 November) Councillors elected Councillor Michael O’Reilly as Mayor and Councillor Colin Hampton as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
Councillor O’Reilly said that being given the opportunity to lead Council was one of the greatest honours of his life, and that he plans to make the most his time as Mayor.
“My recent role as Deputy Mayor allowed me more time to get out into the community, which I really enjoyed. I plan to roll up my sleeves and do the best job I can,” said the Mayor
The Mayor also reaffirmed that the year ahead would be an extremely important time for Frankston City, in the lead up to the state election later this month followed by the federal election in 2019.
“As a key marginal seat Frankston has an opportunity to make all sides of politics take notice of the issues and projects that are important to our community,” said the Mayor.
“Our Future Frankston campaign has brought to the forefront four projects to meet the needs of our growing region and ensured the community’s voice has been heard.
“There’s no doubt we have secured some fantastic funding commitments to date, however it is my job as Mayor to continue lobbying all levels of government to get the best outcomes for Frankston City.
“As a Council, our collective goal is to see Frankston City recognised as the Lifestyle Capital of Victoria, and we will not stop until that goal is realised,” The Mayor said.
Outgoing Mayor, Councillor Colin Hampton who was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor wished Councillor O’Reilly well for his term ahead, and thanked the community and wife Nancye for supporting him over the last 12 months.
“My wife Nancye is an incredible woman, and I could not have served my community for so many years without her by my side. I am very lucky,” said the Deputy Mayor.
Councillor O’Reilly has represented the North-East Ward including Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, Skye and Sandhurst since 2012.