Paul Klisaris, who was first elected to Council in 2000, has been elected Monash’s Mayor for the next 12 months.
He brings considerable experience to the role, having previously served as Monash’s Mayor in 2008, 2009 and 2014/15.
Mulgrave Ward Councillor Shane McCluskey has been elected Deputy Mayor.
Cr Klisaris said gender equity, the prevention of violence against women and children and a campaign to have a youth mental health facility in Monash were the focus for his mayoral year.
"What inspires me to be involved in local government is being able to work with local residents to create a community that is inclusive and resilient, a community where people engage positively with each other."
"When it comes to issues like gender equity and prevention of violence against women, I believe Council is extremely well placed to advocate on these issues. We engage with our local community every day in a variety of ways that make a direct difference in people’s lives," Cr Klisaris said.
"Our strong and steadfast commitment to the prevention of violence against women and gender equity has resulted in our Gender Equity Strategy (2015-2020) and action plan and the establishment of a Gender Equity Advisory Committee and funding a permanent full-time Gender Equity Officer."
"Mental health support services for young people remain a high priority for Council and I’ll be working with our Young Person’s Reference Group and seeking the support of Monash residents with our campaign," he said.
"For too long our youth have had to struggle to get the help they need. They have to travel more than an hour in some cases to access a headspace facility. It’s just not good enough."
Cr Klisaris said 2018 would be a big year for Monash’s Capital Works Program with $45 million being invested in improvements to sporting facilities, bike and walking paths and playspaces. The works include the installation of a synthetic pitch at Gardiners Reserve, Burwood, a $20 million upgrade of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre and refurbishment of the Mount Waverley Community Centre and Youth Centre.
Contact: Emily Webb on 0466 026 560 or email Emily.Webb@monash.vic.gov.au