Record number of women to serve in Wyndham Council

By Our Reporter
L-R: Heather Marcus, Sahana Ramesh, Jennie Barrera

New Council for Wyndham City returns four sitting councillors

Seven women will represent Wyndham City for the next four years as part of the new Council, following the Declaration of Polls by the Victorian Electoral Commission this afternoon.

The number of female councillors represents a record for Wyndham in the new 11-person Council. Sitting Councillors Josh Gilligan, Heather Marcus, Peter Maynard and Mia Shaw were all returned.

In Chaffey Ward, the successful candidates were Josh Gilligan, Jennie Barrera, Marcel Mahfoud and Robert Szatkowski. Chaffey Ward is situated in the centre of the Wyndham municipality and includes the suburbs of Tarneit, and parts of Werribee and Hoppers Crossing. Harrison Ward includes the industrial precincts in Laverton, Laverton North and suburbs including Point Cook, Truganina, Williams Landing and parts of Hoppers Crossing. It will be represented by all-female Councillors, with the successful candidates being Susan McIntyre, Sahana Ramesh, Jasmine Hill and Adele Hegedich.

In Iramoo, which includes Little River, Werribee South, Manor Lakes, Wyndham Vale, Werribee and Eynesbury, the successful candidates were Mia Shaw, Heather Marcus and Peter Maynard. Wyndham City Chief Executive Kelly Grigsby congratulated the successful candidates.

“On behalf of Wyndham City, I would like to congratulate all the successful candidates and I look forward to working closely with you all over the next four years.”

“For the first time in the history of this Council, there will be seven female councillors.”

“I would like to thank all 86 candidates who participated in the election in what it has to be said were very difficult circumstances. It’s great to see so many residents interested in local government.”

“The new Council will be supported by staff over the next four years, particularly the next 12 months as we move out of COVID restrictions.”

“Now more than ever is the time for us to work collectively to build a strong economy and ensure we look after all our residents who need support.”

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