“The Last Mayor of Randwick?” Liberal Councillor Ted Seng has became possibly Randwick City Council’s last Mayor in an election unopposed by Labor, independent or Green Councillors.
The transition to Councillor Seng is in accordance with an agreement entered into between Labor and the Liberals after the last Council election.
Greens Councillor Murray Matson was defeated by independent Councillor Anthony Andrews for the Deputy Mayoral position 12 to votes to three. Matson was supported by fellow Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey and Labor Councillor Geoff Stevenson.
Councillor Matson commented afterwards.
“I support Councillor Ted Seng’s steady and non-populist approach to maintaining financial sustainability for the Council and continuing the long term financial plan which the Greens introduced under my 2004 mayoralty.”
The celebratory mood of the night was damped by the shadow of possible state Government intervention via forced Council amalgamations.
Councillor Matson continued:
“But I felt compelled to stand for the Deputy Mayoral position to show my concern at the Liberal Government’s Council amalgamation agenda which may yet see Ted becoming the last recorded Randwick City Council Mayor. ”