Heather Cunsolo (Gateway Ward) is serving the Port Phillip community as Mayor for the second consecutive year after being re-elected at a Special Council Meeting last night.
Former Port Phillip Mayor Louise Crawford (Canal Ward) was elected Deputy Mayor. They will hold these roles for the final 12 months of this Council’s four-year term.
“Three years down and one to go. We are in the home stretch and the focus is firmly on bringing home the projects we want to deliver for our community,” Cr Cunsolo said.
“It is a real privilege and honour to again be this City’s Mayor and I truly appreciate the opportunity to continue in this role.”
When first elected, Cr Cunsolo said she intended to advance projects including the transformation of Station Pier and the proposed Green Line linear park project in Balacava during her mayoralty.
“We have had some traction with Station Pier over the past 12 months and I will continue to advocate for more to be done to improve this gateway to our City.”
Progressing the Green Line and seeking Council to investigate the feasibility of facilitating a permanent home for the Fishermans Bend Gymnastics Club are on the latest “to do” list along with “making sure Fishermans Bend is going to be the place we anticipated”.
“Adequate community infrastructure, including open space, is vital for Fishermans Bend to meet the needs and expectations of its current – and future – community. I will keep advocating for governments to deliver in this space so Australia’s largest urban renewal project can achieve its enormous potential.”
Crs Cunsolo and Crawford both thanked outgoing Deputy Mayor Andrew Bond for his efforts over the past 12 months.
“I promise to work hard, serve the community and, most of all, support the Mayor,” Cr Crawford said in her acceptance speech.
With a background in acting and hospitality, Cr Crawford has a keen interest in supporting traders and members of Port Phillip’s creative community, who were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She served as Mayor from 2020-21, when the City was striving to recover from the social and economic fallout from the pandemic.
Cr Cunsolo has an architectural background and works in residential design. She lives in Port Melbourne with her husband Joe and three children.
To view the Mayoral election Special Council Meeting, go to: Live Webcast | City of Port Phillip Meetings Webcast