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Yarra elects Cr Fristacky as new Mayor
05 November 2012
Yarra City Council tonight voted independent Nicholls Ward Councillor Jackie Fristacky as its new Mayor for 2012/13.
Cr Fristacky, who was first elected to Council three terms ago in 2002, previously served as Mayor in 2005-06.
She secured 5 votes to win the Mayoralty ahead of Greens Councillor Sam Gaylard (4 votes) who was also nominated.
Cr Fristacky thanked her colleagues and said she was deeply honoured to be leading Yarra over the next 12 months.
She paid tribute to the vital role of Local Government and in particular Yarra’s major advocacy role in the areas of planning, public transport, childcare, TAFE funding, refugees, accessibility and cycling.
“There are many examples where Yarra has led major policy changes at a State level particularly in areas of bicycle parking for new developments, increasing pensioner rate rebates, the design of accessible tram stops and funding for the arts – just to name a few,” she said.
Cr Fristacky said a main priority as Mayor would be to continue Yarra’s Trains not Tollroads campaign in support of Doncaster Rail and in opposition to the State Government’s proposed east west tollroad.
“This is a critical issue for communities both in Yarra and across Victoria,” she said.
“If the State Government spends $10 billion on the east west link it will not only cause untold pain for local communities but will literally suck this state dry of funds that could be used for other viable sustainable public transport projects.
“The answer is not more concrete roads that attract more vehicles, noise and pollution. Every train on a Doncaster rail line will take 800 cars off our roads – that’s 100,000 people a day”
Cr Fristacky said other priorities for her Mayoral year would be:
• seeking to ensure a new planning scheme for all of Melbourne that supported integrating transport with planning, had a fixed urban boundary and provided for heritage protection;
• supporting community infrastructure such as the Lourdes childcare centre and the North Fitzroy Library Community Hub; and
• supporting Yarra’s activity centres.
Cr Fristacky paid tribute to outgoing Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour and to former Councillors Alison Clarke, Josh Funder, Dale Smedley and Anthony Main for their contribution to Yarra. She also congratulated the new Council on its appointment, and in particular the four new Councillors.
Yarra CEO Vijaya Vaidyanath congratulated Cr Fristacky on her appointment and said she was looking forward to working closely with her in the weeks and months ahead and to building on the positive momentum of the new Council.
About Cr Fristacky
Cr Fristacky is a member of the Municipal Association of Victoria Transport and Infrastructure Advisory Group. She has also served as a member of Council's Active Ageing Advisory Committee, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Business Advisory Group, Environment Consultative Committee, Municipal Health Plan Advisory Committee, North Fitzroy Community Hub Community Design Reference Group and Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Steering Committee. She represents Yarra on the Victorian Local Governance Association and the Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne. She will represent Yarra on the Metropolitan Transport Forum, which she has chaired for several years, until February 2012.
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