Liberal Councillor John Chedid elected Lord Mayor of Parramatta

Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid

Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid

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Liberal Councillor John Chedid was last night elected to serve as Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Council for the next 12 months and will be aided by new Deputy Lord Mayor, Independent Councillor, Michael McDermott. Chedid takes over the Lord Mayor's role from Councillor Paul Garrard who will be contesting the next State election as an Independent.

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.

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Tina Mesiti posts

This is just a thank you and Congratulation to the Mayor of Parramatta John Chedid, reading the newspaper and the Parra Pulse Magazine I feel Mr John Chedid, has contributed and played a major role to the Parramatta area,and helped others, like the Queensland flood appeal, and the care he has for the people in Parramatta, and thank you for making Parramatta a better place, working in Parramatta since 1986 and spending lots of time in the area I can certain see the difference from before to now, Congratulations Parramatta for having a great Mayor, Mr Chedid keep up the great work, and "God Bless You". Regards Tina Mesiti Thank you the Mayor of Parramatt - John Chedid keep the great work going ( God Bless you)

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