Cr Damian Ferrari elected Mayor of Pyrenees
Published on 11 November 2020
Pyrenees Shire Council has elected Cr Damian Ferrari as Mayor for the next 12 months.
All Councillors took the Oath of Office on Tuesday at the Lexton Community Centre following the 2020 elections.
Cr Ferrari said recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest challenge for Council in the coming year.
“This has hurt us economically, socially and psychologically so it's important that moving forward we are aware of and address these things in recovery,” he said.
“It’s important that we try and get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible and work hard to stimulate employment, the economy and get back to that social participation that we enjoy and are renowned for in the Pyrenees area.”
Cr Ferrari joined Council in 2018 in a by-election, and was re-elected unopposed to the Beaufort Ward in 2020. Cr Ferrari was born and raised in the Beaufort area.
Cr Ferrari is a keen gardener and photographer and lives at Mount Cole and is supported by partner Sarah Jess.
Council CEO Jim Nolan welcomed the election of Cr Ferrari as Mayor.
“I look forward to working with Cr Ferrari as he leads the Council through the next 12 months,” Mr Nolan said.
“Cr Ferrari’s experience in law enforcement and his passion for the Beaufort community stand him in good stead to take on the role of Mayor for the first time,” he said.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for participating in elections in the Ercildoune and Avoca wards.
“Voter turnout was just over 83% in both wards, a great engagement level in local democracy,” Mr Nolan said.