Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has congratulated Councillor Andrew Jefferies on his elevation to the position of Mayor of The Hills Shire Council.
Mr Elliott said he was looking forward to working with the new Mayor to bring about positive changes for The Hills Shire.
“The Hills Shire faces many challenges including traffic congestion, particularly in
Norwest Business Park, the North West Rail Link and sustainable development,” Mr Elliott said.
“I know that Mayor Jefferies is ready to get to work, and Council will have the support of
myself and the NSW Government in addressing these major issues in our community.
“The Hills Shire will be well served over the coming 12 months by Councillor Jefferies and
the new Lady Mayoress, Amanda.”
Mr Elliott also paid tribute to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Michelle Byrne, who will return to the role of Deputy Mayor.
“Michelle deserves enormous credit and congratulations for her superior level of service
as Mayor, and is a wise choice for the position of Deputy Mayor,” Mr Elliott said.
“I know I speak on behalf of the entire community when I say that she has won a great
deal of affection from Hills residents for her charitable work, particularly in the areas of social justice, medical research and education.
“I also want to thank the outgoing ‘first bloke’ of the Hills Shire, Matthew Fuentes, for his service to the Hills community.
“I am constantly reminded that the role of politician’s spouse is the most undervalued position in public life and Matthew has done a marvellous job in supporting Michelle over the last two years”
Mr Elliott thanked Councillor Byrne for agreeing to take on the role of Campaign Manager for her Council colleague, Mark Taylor, in his campaign to win election to the seat of Seven Hills at the 2015 NSW election.
“Michelle has agreed to take up this vital role for Mark in the lead up to this important election and I thank her for her continued commitment to the community,” Mr Elliott said.
“I have encouraged Michelle to consider running for the Mayoralty again in the future after she completes her training as a solicitor, as I believe she has proven herself to be one of the best advocates The Hills Shire has ever had.”