Meet our new MayorWednesday, 30 October In
Rose Hill Ward Councillor Samantha Byrne has been elected as the new Mayor of Moonee Valley.
This is Cr Byrne's first time as Mayor after serving as a Councillor for three years, and as Deputy Mayor in 2017/18.
Cr Byrne will lead the municipality for the next 12 months after receiving the majority vote from her fellow Councillors last night, taking over from outgoing Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe.
Cr Byrne said she was proud and excited to be elected to represent Moonee Valley as Mayor.
“I love Moonee Valley. I was born here, I was raised here and now I have my family here,” Cr Byrne said.
“To be able to lead this city in the final year of this (four-year) term is really exciting and I can’t wait to get to work.
“I would like to thank Cr Sharpe for her hard work over the past 12 months and for setting the groundwork for the year ahead.
"Having served as Deputy Mayor in 2017/18, I am well aware of the challenges and responsibilities that come with this position and I am ready to hit the ground running and get to work to provide the best outcomes for our community during the final year of this Council term."
Fellow Rose Hill Ward Councillor John Sipek was re-elected as Deputy Mayor.
“I will continue to ensure Moonee Valley remains a leader in the local government sector,” Cr Sipek said.
“I have worked closely with Cr Byrne in the past when she was my Deputy Mayor, and I am fully committed to supporting her and Council to achieve the best possible outcomes for the whole of the Moonee Valley community.”