COUNCILLOR Barry McKenna is the new City of Bayswater Mayor after fellow council representatives voted for him at a meeting last Monday.
Cr McKenna entered local government in 1991 and became deputy mayor in 2009 before being re-elected to the position in 2011.
He was awarded a Freeman of the City in 2011 in recognition of his 20 years’ service to the Bayswater community and the broader regional community, and in 2003 received a Meritorious Service Award. Councillors voted 7-4 at the October 19 meeting in favour of Cr McKenna becoming mayor over Cr Terry Kenyon, who became mayor in 2011.
As a full-time teacher with 21 years’ experience, Cr McKenna said he considered taking on the role only recently and was honoured to now have mayoral duties.
“I felt the time was right for me to take on the role as I have been on council since May 1991 and believed the council should have a new direction,” he said. “As a collective and a new council we have to be more consultative, transparent and progressive.”
Cr Stephanie Coates was voted in as the first female deputy mayor 6-5 over Cr Chris Cornish.
Cr Coates said she was “thrilled” to be the first female deputy mayor at Bayswater.
“I look forward to working with the new council to continue to deliver all of the things that the city does well, while embracing new ideas and striving to improve in certain areas, for example, community consultation, enhancing streetscapes and improving the Bayswater and Morley town sites,” she said.