A Message from the New Mayor of Ashfield
September 28, 2012
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
It is a great honour to have been elected Mayor of Ashfield. I feel humbled to have been chosen by my fellow Councillors to serve the community in this capacity and am very grateful to the people of South Ward who re-elected me as their Councillor.
I would like to congratulate my fellow Councillors on their election and to the Deputy Mayor Councillor Monica Wangmann on her new position. Thank you to the previous Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors who served during the last term of council.
You may like to know a little bit about my background. I am of Egyptian heritage and my journey with Ashfield Council began in 1995, I’ve just been through my seventh election and this is my third term as a Councillor. I am very committed to the Ashfield community and consider myself here for the long haul. I am supported by my wonderful family including my wife Cronia, who is of Irish descent, my son Philip, and my mother Zakia, who at 89 was a great help during the recent elections.
We are a diverse multicultural Australian family which gives me a really good insight into how families and organisations thrive in a diverse place like Ashfield.
As Mayor I am focused on doing the right thing by our community and leading the Council by example to work together harmoniously with the professional Council staff. I am of the mind that we can get better outcomes for everyone when we work together as one group.
I am committed to great customer service in all aspects of Council operations. We will listen to residents’ concerns about what they need and every query, big or small, will be paid attention to no matter what.
Now it’s time to get down to work. I am looking forward immensely to serving the Ashfield community and promise I will not let you down as I discharge my duty as Mayor.
Together with you, the residents of Ashfield, Council will continue to keep our local area a beautiful, diverse and safe place to live. A place we can all call home and be proud of.
Councillor Morris Mansour