Fraser Coast Welcomes Its New Mayor
15 May, 2018
George Seymour has been sworn in as Mayor of the Fraser Coast Regional Council at a garden ceremony outside Maryborough’s heritage listed City Hall.
In front of a large crowd of local residents who gathered to witness the historic occasion, Cr Seymour signed the declaration of office to officially take the reins.
He was welcomed to the role by FCRC Chief Executive Ken Diehm before reading an oath, vowing to uphold the values of principles of the Local Government Act.
His swearing in comes just over a week after the Fraser Coast went to the polls. When the by-election was declared yesterday, Mayor Seymour held almost 40% of the vote.
In a nod to the traditions of the Fraser Coast region, Mayor Seymour wore the Mayoral chains of both the Maryborough City Council and Hervey Bay City Council which were used before the Shires were amalgamated in 2008.
“This City Hall building is symbolic for what local government is all about,” Mayor Seymour said.
“It’s about building community spirit and community pride in a place where people can come together to celebrate and to learn, live and grow.”
“This is a position that I think can lead to greater stability on the Council as well as building community cohesion.”
“I’m going to be really focused over the next two years of this term on restoring stability in the Council and bringing about more confidence in the council.”
Mayor Seymour said he would renew Council’s focus on working collaboratively with the state and federal governments to ensure ongoing infrastructure developments and improvements throughout Fraser Coast communities.
He said Council, under his leadership, would be committed to building more vibrant and active communities.
Building roads, keeping rates as low as possible and maintaining its parks but I think the community is also looking to it to make it a more vibrant community
“I am very proud to be elected as Mayor of the Fraser Coast region. I’ve lived on the Fraser Coast for 14 years. I moved here right after university because I recognised this is the best place in Australia to live,” he said.
“There are so many opportunities here. It’s a beautiful region with incredible potential and the Council can be part of that.”