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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 1 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST the fashion hub is coming to Westfield Burwood Book in for your FREE Style Consultation or attend a FREE Style Session. See Concierge for details. SEE PAGE 34 FOR DETAILS INANEWCAR Woman lands top job SHIREEN KHALIL Burwood's new Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook. Picture: PHIL BLATCH MEET Lesley Furneaux-Cook -- the first female mayor in Burwood's 134-year history. ''With women making up over half of Burwood local government population, I can only say it's about time!'' she said in her thank- you speech. ''And I am honoured to be, I hope, just one in a long line of women as mayors of Burwood.'' Councillors voted unanimously on Monday night to make the Burwood Community Voice coun- cillor mayor and make Liberal Henson Liang deputy mayor, after a deal was made between four of the seven councillors to keep Labor's long-standing mayor John Faker out of the top job -- for now. According to the new mayor there was an ''understanding'' between parties to accept a ''rotational plan''. ''There was not a sit-down around a table, but there was talk between various parties,'' she said. ''There are four different parties in council now and that shows there's not one dominating party, and I think mayoralty should reflect that.'' Burwood has three ALP council- lors, two Liberals, one Greens and one BCV. Residents will directly elect the mayor from 2012 following the successful referendum on September 13. Cr Faker claims he was given no alternative so he didn't run. ''I wasn't included. I was ad- vised of it and I was told what was going to happen, but I did not have a say,'' he said. ''At the end of the day, there were discussions among all groups and we were told we would get the support for mayor in the fourth year from the Greens so we will wait to see what happens.'' Cr Faker told the Inner-West Weekly he was disappointed with the outcome. ''I would have preferred we all sat down together. But, at the end of the day, this is what was going to happen -- that the Liberals, the Greens and Burwood Community Voice will be voting for a BCV mayor and a Liberal deputy mayor,'' Cr Faker said. ''I hope this doesn't mean there is a personal vendetta or agendas against councillors as it will ruin the functionality of the council.'' Cr Faker was also concerned that councillors would vote to block out the three Labor council- lors on issues. Despite the agreement, Cr Faker was looking forward to working with the new council ''to ensure residents come out winners''.
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