Frankston’s new mayor has pledged to shy away from the “divisive” politics seen at home and overseas and strive to find common ground over the next 12 months of his term. Cr Kris Bolam was last night elected to lead Frankston City Council for a second time – in 2011 he was appointed one of Victoria’s youngest mayors at the age of 24 – with Cr Nathan Conroy elected deputy mayor.
“I don’t believe in absolutes and will always try and work with councillors, staff and community to find that ‘happy medium’ we can all agree on,” Cr Bolam said. “Despite what we see and hear nationally and abroad, politics doesn’t have to be unnecessarily divisive. Bipartisanship and collaborative decision-making will be the staple of my mayoralty for the next 12 months.”
Cr Bolam said the pandemic had presented significant challenges and opportunities for Frankston City, with the council’s $6.434 million relief and recovery package going a long way to helping individuals, businesses, groups and organisations during the difficult period. There were also positive signs of investor confidence and growth, with multiple businesses starting up or moving to Frankston during the lockdown.
“I believe it’s truly an exciting yet critical time for Frankston City as we stand on the precipice of success or failure. We’re committed to supporting our community through COVID-19 and to the city emerging stronger and more resilient on the other side. Council and our dedicated officers will continue to work tirelessly to achieve this. Failure is not an option.”
Cr Conroy said he was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to take on the role of deputy mayor. “It means a lot to me that council has offered me this fantastic opportunity so early in my term,” he said. “I intend to work as a team and to consult with our community on the issues that impact them.”