Cr Henk van de Ven elected as Mayor

28 September 2015

Cr Henk van de Ven has been elected as Mayor of AlburyCity for 2015-16.

Cr David Thurley will serve as Deputy Mayor.

It will be Cr van de Ven's first term as Mayor. He has been a councillor for 11 years and served as Deputy Mayor four times.

Cr van de Ven was elected with five votes from AlburyCity's nine councillors.

He thanked his fellow councillors for the opportunity to serve as Mayor.

"It's quite overwhelming. When you first stand for council don't ever consider this could happen," he said.

Cr van de Ven said his priority would be good decision making for the future of Albury and its citizens.

"One of biggest issues for us is the future of local government… We're being hit from all sides," he said.

"There are rumours and innuendo about what's going to happen to councils, that they're all going to be sacked all forced to merge."

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal is assessing Fit for the Future proposals from all NSW councils and is expected to report its findings to the State Government on 16 October.

The NSW Government will then make a decision on local government reform.

"We are Fit For The Future and the people of Albury deserve democracy at the local level," Cr van de Ven said.

He paid tribute to his predecessor Cr Kevin Mack and said he had been a "fantastic Mayor for the last two years".

Cr van de Ven said he looked forward to taking part in the official opening of MAMA, the Murray Art Museum Albury, on Friday.