Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos has achieved the majority of votes following the undeniable support she received from fellow Labor councillors and the Greens.

Cr Masselos defeated Liberal challenger Will Nemesh for the mayoralty reaffirming the stance of council upon her re-election.

“We are committed to supporting our community and our local economy, and protecting our environment and neighbourhoods,” she said.
“We will be working very hard and fast to ensure that we can deliver as much as possible during our truncated term for the benefit of Waverley.”

Meanwhile, Green Crs Dominic Wy Kanak, Elaine Keenan and Ludovico Fabiano.

“Council is delivering the biggest capital works program in Waverley’s history,” Cr Masselos added, stressing that the focus must be on helping the Waverley community effectively make its way out of the pandemic.

“We have so much to be proud of and excited about including the restoration of Bondi Pavilion and the Boot Factory building, our path to net zero carbon emissions, the Bondi Memorial Project, the COVID-safe management of outdoor public spaces and our commitment to supporting local infrastructure.”

Cr Masselos also signalled her excitement to continue leading council alongside Cr Keenan, both councillors will hold the positions until 19 September 2023, when a new mayoralty and deputy mayoralty vote will occur.

Cr Nemesh earned the votes of the Liberal caucus but was absent from the meeting and therefore unable to vote for himself, with Cr Sally Betts saying that “he may or may not be here depending on if he gets home from hospital”.