Cr Susan Laukens has been elected Mayor of Knox City Council, with Cr Nicole Seymour to serve as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
Cr Laukens said she was humbled and honoured to be chosen as Mayor, and looked forward to working collaboratively with Councillors and staff to achieve great outcomes for the community.
“I was elected last year by the constituents of Friberg to represent them on this Council and now in my role of mayor I have the privilege and honour of representing the whole municipal community, working with my fellow councillors to develop, shape and review the strategic direction of council, honouring our Council Plan,” said Cr Laukens.
“I’m committed to leading you with integrity, honesty, with no hidden agendas. I will bring my authentic self to this role as Mayor.
“I look forward to working with you, as your Mayor, productively through this year as we all shine.”
Cr Laukens, who has lived in Knoxfield for 14 years, has been a registered nurse for 27 years and has a long history of volunteering in the local community.
Cr Laukens thanked the outgoing Mayor, Cr Lisa Cooper for her leadership throughout a momentous year. Cr Cooper was recognised for her competence and empathy in a year filled with milestones and achievements as well as the disruption, challenges and unprecedented decisions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Deputy Mayor, Cr Seymour is a long-term Knox resident, having lived in the Tirhatuan Ward she represents for over 22 years. She has been an active participant in the local community since her teenage years, which ultimately drove her to join Council in 2012. Cr Seymour previously served as Mayor during 2019 to 2020.