Newly-elected Whittlesea mayor Kris Pavlidis has pledged to encourage young people and women to get involved in politics.
In an interview with Greek Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos, Pavlidis emphasized her commitment to “gender balance and equity through the creation of concrete opportunities”.
“More than 50 per cent of our demographic are women and yet that isn’t reflected in the decision-making structures, positions and levels,” Pavlidis told Neos Kosmos.
This will be Pavlidis’ second stint as mayor, having held the position 10 years ago. She was the first female mayor of Greek background to serve the municipality.
The Greek- Australian politician said it was important the council took direction from the community.
Pavlidis said Whittlesea had changed a lot in the past 10 years, when the city welcomed just 80 new residents a week and the biggest concern was the impending drought.
Now, 131 people were moving to the municipality each week, she said.
Cr Sam Alessi, who nominated Pavlidis for the role, said she was a passionate community advocate, with vision and strong leadership qualities.