Mayor re-elected unopposed

Blue Mountains mayor, Mark Greenhill, has been re-elected for another year.

The Ward 4 Labor councillor was elected unopposed at a council meeting last night (September 29). Cr Greenhill has been mayor since 2013.

Blue Mountains mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill.

Blue Mountains mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill.

Also re-elected unopposed was deputy mayor, Chris Van der Kley (Liberal Ward 2), and alternate deputy, Romola Hollywood (Labor Ward 2).

The positions were due to expire this month but, because the local council elections have been postponed for a year due to COVID-19, they will each hold office for a further 12 months.

All 12 councillors will also continue to hold positions on active advisory committees, boards, panels and groups until the September 4, 2021 election.

"It is an honour and privilege to be elected as mayor for another year, until elections can take place again in 2021," said Cr Greenhill. "It means a great deal to me that I have the support of my fellow councillors in serving our incredible Blue Mountains city.

"We have made great progress working with the wonderful Blue Mountains community, to start rebuilding after an incredibly difficult year.

"We will continue to focus on supporting our community and local economy through recovery from the impacts of bushfires, flooding, and COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, we will focus on the restoration and protection of our natural environment."

Cr Greenhill said he hoped council could continue to strengthen its status as a world class sustainable tourist destination.

"I am proud of the creation of the latest local environment plan, the declaration of carbon neutrality by 2025 and our resistance to government pressure towards over-development.

"I want to thank this wonderful community for the amazing support and encouragement they have given me over the years of my service."