The Greens’ Fiona Byrne becomes Marrickville’s first female Mayor

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by StreetCorner
29/09/2010

Greens Councillor Fiona Byrne has made history as Marrickville's first female Mayor after her name was drawn out of a hat, when votes for Mayor were tied.

It is the fourth time that Marrickville's Mayor has been chosen this way and deadlocked votes for the Mayor position are becoming more common across Sydney as Labor and Liberal Party control of local government has weakened with the rise of the Greens and independents. Last week, Waverley Council drew their Mayor out of a hat, with the Greens indigenous Councillor Kanak defeated and Liberal Sally Betts taking Waverley's Mayoral robes for a third year in a row.

Even the City of Sydney recently drew it's Deputy Mayor out of a hot after Clover Moore independents team split. Independent Marcelle Hoff is now the City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor.

“In its 147 year history, Marrickville Council has never had a woman Mayor. To be the first, and in the year of Women in Local Government, is a great honour,” Councillor Byrne said.

Fiona Byrne said she was 'delighted to have the opportunity to represent the Marrickville Community as mayor over the next twelve months' and was looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Marrickville after being Deputy Mayor for the past two years.

“I was born in the Marrickville local government area to migrant parents. To now be Mayor is a remarkable journey," said Councillor Byrne.

Like Greens Mayor Murray Matson, elected last night in Randwick Council, Fiona Byrne said the NSW Government's involvement in development approvals in the Marrickville area was one of the most significant issues facing her Council.

"Marrickville faces significant issues in the year ahead, with more and more developments being decided by unelected panels appointed by the State Government. The Greens on Marrickville Council will continue to advocate strongly for community interests to prevail over commercial ones," Mayor Byrne said.

Fiona was first elected to Marrickville Council in 2004, seeking to contribute the area where she is raising her 3 daughters and with a particular focus on ‘equity of access for all and how Council can help to achieve this’ and wants Marrickville to be a leader in community engagement. Fiona has a background in book publishing and first lived in the area in a a bedsit in Newtown with her Irish migrant parents. Ms Byrne holds and has a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Celtic Studies from the University of Sydney.

Are Part 3A and other NSW Government interventions in the planning process the key issue facing Marrickville Council? Are there other issues you would also like Fiona Byrne to focus on during her term as Mayor? Share your views with Councillor Byrne and the community here....


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