Media Statement: Wednesday 29 April, 2020
Division 7 Councillor Denise Sims has been chosen to become Moreton Bay Region’s first female Deputy Mayor.
In a landmark first for the Council, the voting for Deputy Mayor was conducted publicly via a livestream on Council’s website.
“I’m looking forward to working with our new look Council, bringing diversity of thinking and skills that will help our region flourish,” Cr Sims said.
“I see it as my duty now to be a loyal supporter of the Mayor, act as a conduit between the Council Chamber and the Mayor’s office, and also step up in the Mayor’s absence.
“As we chart a path to economic recovery through the COVID-19 crisis, I don’t want to see any community groups, charities, sporting organisations or our environment forgotten in our planning.
“I am passionate about green space, and want to see communities with higher densities get additional parks and infrastructure.
“I’ve worked to change our desired standard of service and the amounts developers are charged to help meet community needs.
“That’s how in the last term I delivered 23 park installations or improvements in my own division, now I want to roll that out regionally to green Moreton Bay.
“I’m passionate about making our region more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, so that our buildings, parks and amenities work for everyone.
“The work council has delivered in this space is nothing short of amazing winning several awards like the Backstage Pass for quiet hour in our libraries for those with autism or requiring individual assistance
“I cant wait to get started in the role. Its an immense privilege for me to have this opportunity and I want to serve the residents of Moreton Bay to the highest standard.
“The most important part of being a local Councillor is listening and acting and local residents can count on me to do both.
“Alongside this commitment residents can expect unity across Council.
“We can only achieve things if we work together.
“I’m looking forward to working for Mayor Peter Flannery and with my fellow councillor to make Moreton Bay Region the best it can be.”