NEWLY elected Mornington Peninsula Shire Council mayor Cr Simon Brooks says he is honoured to have received the support of his fellow councillors.
Brooks was appointed at last Tuesday’s (21 November) annual council meeting at Rosebud, along with deputy mayor Cr Antonella Celi.
A second term councillor, Brooks first represented the Seawinds Ward from 2016 to 2020. In February this year, after losing the 2020 election, he was elected on a countback following the December 2022 resignation of Kerri McCafferty (“Brooks back in council on countback” The News 7/2/23).
With a background in building and design, and five years as a councillor, Brooks brings a wealth of knowledge about the shire to the role.
He said he is committed to driving “positive change”, particularly through a future-proofed peninsula that is agile and sustainable.
“This is one of the highlights of my career, representing my home, friends, family, colleagues and the entire Mornington Peninsula community. I do not take this opportunity lightly and will not lose sight of my vision to continue improving the shire for current and future generations,” Brooks stated in a shire news release.
The same news release quoted shire CEO John Baker as being “excited” to work with the new mayor and deputy and looked forward to “achieving great things in 2024 for our community”.
“I would also like to extend warm thanks and congratulations to our outgoing mayor Cr [Steve] Holland and deputy mayor Cr [Debra] Mar. It has been a pleasure to work with them both over the past 12 months.”