NEW Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds has promised to be a “collaborative and approachable” leader of Hobart in an era of great developmental change.
On Wednesday 31 October, following statewide council elections, Ms Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor with 62.35 per cent of the vote, replacing Ron Christie.
“I’m feeling honoured to have been given the opportunity by the community of Hobart to take on this really important role,” she said.
“It’s going to be an amazing four years in Hobart – there is lots of development happening and there is going to be a lot of change.
“I know the community is expecting the Hobart Council and myself as Lord Mayor to steer that change and development to ensure that it is respectful of our amazing city and community.”
Ms Reynolds said it was “overwhelming” to witness the generous community support in giving her the opportunity to fulfil this role.
“I think they see me as an advocate for the community’s interests and for trying to protect the things that make Hobart special and I take that responsibility very seriously,” she said.
Ms Reynolds aims to address a number of issues within the Hobart community, including the Mount Wellington cable car debate.
“Once we see the development application, the council will do the job we are obliged to do, which is to assess any application we get based on our planning law, feedback from our staff and submissions from the community,” Ms Reynolds said.
“We will consider all elements and voices on this issue and we will sit at the table and discuss it fairly.”
Ms Reynolds also plans to build more affordable housing, promote Hobart as a sustainable and climate change ready city and protect Hobart heritage.
Ms Reynolds has outlined plans to work towards an inclusive, all-ages, multicultural, “rainbow Hobart”, inclusive of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community members, where everyone will have a voice and be respected.
Ms Reynolds said she was excited about stepping into this new role and the opportunity it would provide for not only herself, but the City of Hobart.
To find out more about Ms Reynolds’ plans and policies, visit www.annareynolds.org/ideas/policies-and-plans or contact the City of Hobart.
Caption: Hobart’s new Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds pictured with her family, from left, son Jarra, 17, father Henry, mother Margaret and daughter Jess, 11.