Liberal Councillor John Chedid elected Lord Mayor of Parramatta
Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid
In his acceptance address to Council last night, Councillor Chedid, who has lived in the area since migrating to Australia from Lebanon at the age of 8, outlined his plans for the city over the upcoming term.
“Parramatta has come a long way over such a short period of time and I want to ensure Council provides the necessary support so that we can build on this momentum,” he said.
“This includes a strong focus on our commercial districts so that our CBD continues to attract new workers and by developing an innovative approach to business, I’m confident we can cement our City’s status as one of the nation’s leading economies,” he added.
“I want Parramatta to be the model of economic growth in this country and set commercial benchmarks that other cities follow.”
Councillor Chedid, who works closely with various senior citizens groups and has volunteered at the local Police Citizens Youth Club for more than 15 years, is keen to address social issues affecting the city.
“We do have an ageing population in Parramatta and I want to ensure that as our city grows, the gap between our different generations doesn’t widen,” he said.
“I want to work closely with local stakeholders to develop social policies which service the diverse needs of our residents and over the coming months I also look forward to initiating a crime prevention strategy aimed at stamping out anti-social behaviour around the CBD.”
Councillor McDermott said he was looking forward to supporting Councillor Chedid in the coming year, and thanked outgoing Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chiang Lim for his work in the past year.
“Parramatta now has a Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor who were not born in Australia, which I think says a lot about the diverse and welcoming character of Parramatta,” he said, referring to his own New Zealand origins.