Councillor Laurence Evans was elected the new Mayor of the City of Bayside at the Annual Meeting of Council held last night.
Cr Evans, an architect by profession, commenced Mayoral duties this morning and will perform the role in a full time capacity for the next twelve months.
At the same meeting, Cr Rob Grinter was elected Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Planning and Amenity Committee.
On his first morning as Mayor Cr Evans said he would continue to focus on environmental issues and push ahead with Council’s support for the People Before Profits campaign to stop the State Government acting like a greedy developer as it sells of public housing land for private development.
Cr Evans was elected to Bayside City Council in November 2012 and was Mayor in 2013. He was re-elected in November 2016. Cr Evans was also previously Mayor of the City of Sandringham (1990-91).
“We are a fourth generation Sandringham family,” said Cr Evans, who is married to Jenny, has three children and 7 grandchildren.
“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
“I plan to continue my support for the building of a new marine, education and science centre to support the existing marine sanctuary at Rickett’s Point that is home to important native flora and fauna as well as marine fossils that are many millions of years old,” he said.
“I will also continue outgoing Mayor Cr del Porto’s work to bring attention to the State Government’s flawed Public Housing Renewal Program (PHRP).
“Under this program the Victorian Government is selling off public housing land, breaching the Government’s new planning rules and sidelining communities from the planning process while doing little to stem the public housing crisis.”
Cr Evans also said he would also continue to support the Vegetation Protection Overlay that covers parts of southern Bayside.
Cr Evans succeeds Councillor Alex del Porto as Mayor of the City of Bayside.
Outgoing Mayor Cr Alex del Porto thanked his fellow Councillors for their dedication and hard work over the past twelve months and expressed his gratitude to Council officers for their support.
Cr del Porto described the last twelve months as Mayor as extremely rewarding and said his highlight has been working to support a better approach to public housing renewal in Bayside and Victoria more broadly.
“It has been the most united council I have ever been involved in as Mayor,” he said.
“And now I’m going to look forward to being a councillor where I can be more actively involved in debate.
“It has been a truly fantastic year,” said Cr del Porto.
To view Councillor Evans speaking on the environment click below.