Paperbark Ward Councillor Roz Blades AM has been elected Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong for the fourth time.
Cr Blades brings with her a wealth of experience, having served the Greater Dandenong community as a Councillor for more than 25 years, having been Mayor in 1998 and 2011, as well as serving one term as the Mayor of the City of Springvale.
Cr Blades and her husband Terry first settled in Noble Park in 1971, and her three children were raised and educated locally. She has been heavily involved in the local community over the years, always wanting to give something back to the community that has given her so much.
As Mayor, Cr Blades has themed the Mayoral year ‘working together’, and is committed to working with her fellow Councillors, Council staff and the community to ensure the City of Greater Dandenong continues to be a vibrant, welcoming and connected community.
“It goes without saying that I am passionate about our vibrant and diverse community and in my role as Mayor I am looking forward to working hard to achieve positive outcomes for all,” Cr Blades said.
“There are many exciting things happening in our city, but over the next 12 months I look forward to focussing on grass roots issues that affect the everyday lives of our residents.
“One of my priorities will be to continue to advocate for improved public transport, which will in turn improve local job opportunities. I am proud to be Council’s representative at the Eastern Transport Coalition, where we represent over a million residents in the south east.
“I am also particularly interested in the health and welfare of our residents and am keen to see more affordable housing within the city, as well as creating further opportunities for our younger residents through education and health.”
Cr Blades said that planning for the future needs of the community through current master plan activities was another priority, along with continuing to advocate for, and supporting, refugees and those seeking asylum.
Cr Blades has been campaigning for the Federal Government to reverse its decision on planned cuts to financial support services.
“The City of Greater Dandenong currently has almost 2000 people seeking asylum in the local community and Federal Government cuts to financial support will affect the vast majority of them.
“These changes will put increasing pressure on charities who are already struggling to keep up with demand, not to mention the negative mental health and wellbeing impacts these cuts will have on asylum seekers living in our community.”
Cr Blades said she would also like to acknowledge outgoing Mayor Cr Youhorn Chea and thank him for his passion and commitment to the city over the past year.
“I look forward to working closely with my fellow councillors in the year ahead and ensuring the City of Greater Dandenong continues to be a place where people want to live, work and play.”
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