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By: Daniel Wilson

Following the election on October 27, councillors voted Cr Amanda Stevens into the Mayoral position. Cr Serge Thomann was elected Deputy Mayor. Both councillors were voted in unanimously and unopposed.

Mayor Stevens is a lawyer who has lived in Port Phillip for 12 years with her husband and two children. Cr Stevens campaigned in Albert Park Ward on good governance, the provision of quality childcare, aged care, transport and housing.

As this is her first term on Port Phillip Council, in her acceptance speech she said she would “be looking to councillors Jane Touzeau and Serge Thomann to share their experiences”, which are the only two councillors to be re-elected.

She thanked fellow councillors for entrusting her to be Mayor. She added, “as councillors we have already spent some time together and it is clear that we have shared values: integrity, respect and unity”.

“I’d also like to thank and acknowledge past councillors who have left this Council in a fine fiscal state, with major projects near competition. We will benefit from their hard work.”

Cr Thomann dedicated his win to his father, who served as a Councillor and Mayor, and said he would use his past experience as a Councillor to assist Cr Stevens.

Cr Thomann closed his acceptance as Deputy Mayor with a fitting quote from President Barrack Obama:

“The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.”

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