Media Releases 2011
Cr Geoff Barbour elected Yarra's Mayor
16 December 2011
Protecting Yarra from over-development and calming traffic will be two priorities of Yarra Council in 2012, according to newly-elected Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour.
Cr Barbour, who has lived in Yarra for more than 30 years, was last night elected Mayor by his fellow Councillors.
He will serve as Yarra’s Mayor until October 2012 when statewide Council elections are held.
Cr Barbour said Council would continue to oppose developments that were out of kilter with the existing neighbourhood character.
“The redevelopment that is occurring in Yarra needs to be tailored to suit the look and feel of our neighbourhoods,” Cr Barbour said.
He said many local residents were dissatisfied with traffic levels on local main roads and residential streets. He said Council would keep advocating strongly for the creation of better public transport, including a Doncaster rail line so people in that corridor would be less inclined to drive into the city, through Yarra. Council would also continue to be a big spender on bicycle paths and other bicycle infrastructure to encourage people to get around by bike.
Cr Barbour said local residents were seeing the benefits of Council’s capital works program, with Victoria Park reopening as a major community recreation space earlier this month after a $7.2 million redevelopment. The Collingwood Leisure Centre’s aquatic area is set to reopen in January after a $7.8 million upgrade.
“One of our major priorities in coming months will be working closely with the community to finalise a design for a new North Fitzroy library and community hub,” Cr Barbour said.
“Council will also be maintaining its strong commitment to social justice by continuing to care for the interests of disadvantaged people,” he said.
Cr Barbour has served as a Yarra Councillor since 2008, having first become interested in local government when he was President of the Fitzroy Residents’ Association.
He lives in Fitzroy with his partner Claire and their two adult children, and is a member of the Australian Labor Party.
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