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Greater Dandenong Council swears in new Councillor

Greater Dandenong Council swears in new Councillor

09 January 2019

The City of Greater Dandenong has welcomed a new councillor following the resignation of former Councillor Heang Tak last November.

Keysborough resident Sophie Tan was officially sworn in as the new Paperbark Ward Councillor following a countback earlier this week by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Councillor Tan, 35, is Victoria’s first female Cambodian Councillor – an achievement she is incredibly proud of.

“It is an honour to be a councillor for the City of Greater Dandenong,” Cr Tan said.

“I am particularly proud to be the first female Cambodian councillor in Victoria. I am very passionate about not only serving the Cambodian people who live in Greater Dandenong but all residents of this great city.”

Cr Tan was born in Battambang Cambodia and moved to Australia in 1995 with her mum and four siblings.

She first lived in Springvale before settling in Keysborough in 2009.

Cr Tan said it had been a long-held ambition of hers to be a councillor.

“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to serve the community and help people,” she said.

“I am passionate about issues including family violence advocacy, community safety and the environment.”

Cr Tan has a background in Marketing and Commerce and currently works at the Commonwealth Bank.

Cr Tan will attend her first Council Meeting on January 29.

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