New Mayor to be people’s champion

The new Mayor of Hume City Council will be a champion of the people, and work to support programs that assist the city’s most disadvantaged residents.

Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou was last night elected Mayor for a one-year term at a special meeting of Council.

Cr Chandra Bamunusinghe, from Aitken Ward, will serve as Deputy Mayor.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the focus of her mayoral year would be on the services that matter to people.

“I am passionate about people and the fact that we need to improve our community’s health,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It is utterly essential that we stop family violence, and support the elderly.

“I want to concentrate my attention on those with mental illness, our youth, Council’s education initiatives, and the protection, safety and wellbeing of all.

“This is what is important to me and these are the areas I’ll focus on during my mayoral term.”

Hume City Council will spend more than $200 million in 2015/16 on the services which residents rely on, like home care, immunisation, and waste collection.

Council shall also invest $56 million on public infrastructure, including a project designed to reinvigorate the Broadmeadows Town Hall, so that it can attract businesses which offer jobs to local residents.

Hume will also construct a leisure and athletics centre at Craigieburn Park, and plan for a new civic building at Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she would lead Council as it dealt with a number of significant issues.

“Council will face many challenges, such as rate capping, a review of the Local Government Act 1989, and continued development around our city,” she said.

“I will advocate to the state and federal governments for better funding of services and programs, and I will encourage service delivery agencies to deepen their involvement in Hume.

“I will work as an advocate for the whole community, as a champion for every person in every area.”

Cr Patsikatheodorou was Mayor of Hume in 2010-11.

The Meadow Valley Ward representative said her second stint as Mayor would offer a chance to promote a cause that was close to her heart.

“Many will know that I have not been healthy in the last few years, after being diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.

“I will make it my mantra to be known as the pink Mayor.

“I will wear something pink every day of my mayoral term so that husbands, sons, brothers, partners, and even friends will be encouraged to remind the women in their life to have a breast check and a mammogram.

“No woman in Hume should die from breast cancer.”

For further information about Hume's councillors, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 29 October 2015

Updated : 9:54 AM, 30 October 2015

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