Bayside Council Elects New Mayor to Lead the City

7 November 2013

Councillor Laurence Evans was elected Mayor of the City of Bayside at last night’s Annual Meeting of Council.   Married to Jenny with three children and five grandchildren, Cr Evans has lived in Bayside all his life. 
A Councillor with the former City of Sandringham from l984 to 1991 and Mayor of Sandringham in l990-l991, he was elected to Bayside City Council in 2012 and will perform the role of Mayor in a full time capacity for the next twelve months.

Cr Evans is an architect by profession and takes over the role as Mayor of the City of Bayside from Councillor Stephen Hartney who was elected Mayor in November 2012.

Cr Evans is enthusiastic about embracing this vital community leadership role and is committed to community consultation and responsible planning.

In his Mayoral acceptance speech, Cr Evans said he looks forward to the challenges and opportunities the role of Mayor presents.

“I have a long held passion and concern for our foreshore and the natural and built environment and have a strong commitment to the community of Bayside,” he said.

He acknowledged the contribution of the immediate past Mayor, Cr Stephen Hartney, who he said showed enthusiasm and determination in the role, and provided strong direction and leadership to the newly elected Council on a range of often sensitive matters.

He described 2013 as another challenging year for Bayside City Council as it embraces fresh ideas and continues to deliver on its key commitments. 

As part of his Mayoral duties, Cr Evans will represent Council on the Inner South Metropolitan Mayors’ Forum.

Over the past year Cr Evans has represented the Bayside City Council on the following committees:
• Association of Bayside Municipalities.
• MAV Environment Committee; and
• Chairman of the Recreation & Open Space Community Engagement Forum.

At the same meeting, Cr Heather Stewart was elected Deputy Mayor and Cr Alex del Porto Chair of the Planning and Amenity Committee.

Outgoing Mayor, Cr Stephen Hartney, thanked his fellow Councillors for their dedication and hard work over the past twelve months and expressed his gratitude to Council staff for their support.

He described his role as Mayor over the past year as a “privilege to lead such a fantastic City”.

“The past year has been extremely busy and rewarding.

“My role over the past 12 months has given me the opportunity to meet thousands of Bayside residents and visitors to our City at hundreds of Council and community events.  

“Meeting so many wonderful people and having the opportunity to appreciate, first-hand, how many of them give their time “behind the scenes” as volunteers has been an enriching experience,” he said.

Page last updated: 07 Nov 2013