New Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for Hawkesbury

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry CalvertCouncillor Calvert was first elected to Council in September 1999 and he is looking forward to continuing to work for the local community as the new Mayor.

A retired education consultant with a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Education, Councillor Calvert is known for his longstanding contribution to the Hawkesbury.

He is Vice President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), and a committee member of the Human Services Advisory Committee, the Hawkesbury Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, the Infrastructure Committee, the Regional Strategic Alliance, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, the General Manager’s Performance Review Panel, the clubGrants Local Committee, NSW Public Libraries and Western Sydney Academy of Sport.

Councillor Calvert aims to build on the positives of the Hawkesbury and promote strong connections with the community, business and government.

“I’m proud to be elected as the Hawkesbury’s new Mayor and I’m looking forward to seeing Council work with Federal and State Government to unlock further opportunities in education, business and employment for our Hawkesbury community," Councillor Calvert said.

“We are always improving the Hawkesbury, while also acknowledging the many positive attributes that already exist in our beautiful region.

“Our Community Strategic Plan, which outlines the focus and direction for the community for the next 18 years, also aims to see a range of industries in the Hawkesbury that build on the strengths of the region to stimulate investment and employment which will rely on strong partnerships,” he said.

"During my term, I aim to build on the many partnerships that we have developed with the community and many government agencies to secure the best possible future for the Hawkesbury.”

The Mayor raised the Western Sydney City Deal as a current example of a key opportunity that will bring positive transformation to the region through greater funding and enhanced partnerships.

“The Western Sydney City Deal is a landmark agreement between Federal, State and Local Government which lays the foundations for a thriving, liveable and sustainable Western City,” Councillor Calvert said.

“The Western Sydney City Deal can benefit every resident and business for generations to come, thanks to the $150 million Liveability Program, which will be shared among eight Councils including Hawkesbury.”

Councillor Calvert said that as Mayor he would also be heavily involved in reviewing Council’s existing policies.

“There will be opportunities for Council to look at its many policies and either update existing policies, delete older policies, or create new, more relevant policies.”

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