Byrne sworn in as mayor

WORK BEGINS: Dr Michelle Byrne, pictured with her two-year-old twins Alexia and Maddison Fuentes, is announced as The Hills mayor by returning officer Wayne Donaldson.
WORK BEGINS: Dr Michelle Byrne, pictured with her two-year-old twins Alexia and Maddison Fuentes, is announced as The Hills mayor by returning officer Wayne Donaldson.

DELIVERING local infrastructure will be a key priority for Dr Michelle Byrne as she begins her new three-year term as The Hills mayor.

Cr Byrne was officially sworn in as The Hills Council’s first popularly-elected mayor by returning officer Wayne Donaldson on Friday morning, and has begun working with council staff 

“The first thing I want to do is set council up so that we can roll out as many services and infrastructure as possible through the next three years,” Cr Byrne said.

“During the election campaign, residents told me about the lack of infrastructure, and we will be looking to create more cycleways, footpaths, play areas and sports fields.

“The growth rate in this area is higher than expected and we are behind in rolling out infrastructure.”

Cr Byrne said she was still “overwhelmed” by the amount of support she received. She added the councillors, who will soon be declared, are also looking forward to serving the community.

“Everyone is excited,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them be declared and get back to work.”

East Ward could be finalised as Saturday. While declaring Cr Byrne as The Hills mayor, Mr Donaldson said East Ward candidates had 24 hours to request a re-count.

Liberal candidates Alan Haselden and Samuel Uno, and Labor’s Ryan Tracey could officially become councillors on Saturday morning.

The Hills Council will consist of 10 Liberal and three Labor councillors, as Liberal’s Brooke Collins has claimed the third North Ward spot ahead of Labor’s Immanuel Selvaraj by 349 votes.