Cr Vanessa Ekins elected as Lismore's new Mayor

Wednesday, 10 February

Councillor Vanessa Ekins was elected as Lismore’s new Mayor at last night’s Lismore City Council meeting. Councillor Neil Marks remains as Deputy Mayor.

“I thank my fellow Councillors for their trust and will take the role of Mayor seriously,” she said.

Councillors voted for a new Mayor at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting after the retirement of former Mayor Isaac Smith. Cr Ekins will hold the role until the COVID-delayed Council elections this September when a new Mayor will be popularly elected for the next three-year term of Council.

“This was an unexpected opportunity, but I decided to put my hand up because I believe that after 16 years on Council I have the skills and experience the role demands,” Mayor Ekins said.

“There is much work still to be done at Council to ensure that we remain financially sustainable and continue to deliver services to community want and expect.

“I would also like to acknowledge former Mayor Isaac Smith for his service to our community over the past 12 years and thank Councillor
Neil Marks for his hard work as acting Mayor over the last 4 months.”

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