Wollondilly council elects new mayor and deputy

Councillor Robert Khan will serve as mayor and Councillor Michael Banasik will be deputy mayor in the lead up to next year's local government election. Picture: Facebook - Matt Gould
Councillor Robert Khan will serve as mayor and Councillor Michael Banasik will be deputy mayor in the lead up to next year's local government election. Picture: Facebook - Matt Gould

Wollondilly Council has elected it's new mayor and deputy mayor for the next 12 months.

Councillor Robert Khan will serve as mayor and Councillor Michael Banasik will be deputy mayor in the lead up to next year's local government election.

The scheduled 2020 Local Government Election was postponed until September 4, 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Wollondilly Council was required to elect a mayor and deputy mayor for the intervening 12 months.

Wollondilly's ward boundaries will also be changing in the lead up to the 2021 election as the electorate moves from three to two wards.

The community will also be able to elect the next mayor through a popular vote for a four year term after the election.

Cr Khan said he was looking forward to serving the community over the next year as mayor.

"It is an honour to be able to represent the people of Wollondilly and lead the council at this time," he said.

"I am looking forward to working with the councillors and staff to continue to achieve great things for the area and to advocate for our community."

Cr Banasik, who recently celebrated 25 years of service as a Wollondilly Councillor, thanked the councillors for electing him as deputy mayor.

"It's the first time in 25 years that I have been a deputy mayor - I have been a mayor three times in the past so I am looking forward to working with Robert and the other councillors over the next year," he said.

"I look forward to assisting the mayor - it's a big thrill.

"Over the next 12 months we have a lot of Covid recovery work to do and there is a lot of infrastructure projects already under way.

"I am really pleased to be representing the community as deputy mayor."

Former mayor Matthew Deeth congratulated the new mayor and deputy and said he was proud to have led the council and the resilient Wollondilly community, particularly through the challenges of bushfires, floods and Covid-19.