City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas to stand as an Independent at local elections

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City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas has confirmed he will stand as an Independent candidate at the next Local Government Elections, which have been postponed until December 4, 2021, due to COVID-19.

The State Government notified the public of the election postponement in July.

“While COVID-19 may have delayed Local Government Elections, the City of Canada Bay is pressing on with the many projects already planned and currently underway,” says Mr Tsirekas who has been the popularly elected mayor for the past 18 years and a Councillor since 1995.

“It’s time to focus on people, not party politics,” says Mayor Tsirekas whose campaign will focus on putting Our Local Community first.

The Our Local Community team includes Drummoyne Medical Centre GP Joe Cordaro, restaurant identity and Italian cultural ambassador Carmel Ruggeri, long-time resident and Wests Ashfield Leagues Club Director Mick Liubinskas, and Nurse, Health Administrator and Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway Director Alice Kang.

“Our community has growing concerns about traffic congestion, planning controls and overcrowding in Canada Bay. It will be the continued focus of Our Local Community to address those concerns as well as continue to maintain the safety and amenity that make our LGA among the most desirable areas to live in NSW,” Mayor Angelo says.

Our Local Community will focus on the following major points affecting residents:

● With Victoria Rd, Parramatta Rd and Concord Rds being some of the busiest traffic corridors in the state, Our Local Community team will push for assistance from the NSW Government for better solutions to ease traffic, speeding and to create a safer environment for all.

● Despite major planning controls being taken out of Council hands, Our Local Community team will seek to limit increasing height and density controls, to ensure Canada Bay keeps its local character.

Canada Bay Local Community First Team Alice Kang, Dr Joe Cordaro, Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, Mick Liubinskas and Carmel Ruggeri.

● Significant work has already been undertaken to beautify and rehabilitate our 35km of Parramatta River foreshore, extending from Drummoyne to Rhodes. Our Local Community team will prioritise public access and improve foreshore amenity and safety.

● With an increasing number of cars in Canada Bay, Our Local Community team will prioritise parking for residents through a clear and equitable parking policy and look to build carparking stations on Government land.

About Mayor Angelo Tsirekas:

Angelo Tsirekas has served the people of the City of Canada Bay for more than two decades: as a
local government councillor, Deputy Mayor and has been the popularly elected Mayor of Canada
Bay since 2002.

He is a qualified health and building inspector and is currently the elected Vice-President (Metropolitan) of Local Government NSW, the peak body for 128 Councils across NSW, and former
president of the Inner Metropolitan Regional Organisation of Councils.

Angelo is passionate about community sport and competes for Drummoyne Water Polo Club, has
played soccer for Five Dock and Concord Junior Football Clubs and is an honorary vice-president of
Drummoyne Rugby Club, touring with the Vintage Reds.

Angelo was honoured by Rotary with the Paul Harris Award and is a long-serving member of the
Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway Board. He has led treks across the Kokoda Trail in Papua New
Guinea on eight occasions, in honour of our shared wartime history with Concord Hospital and the
sacred Kokoda story.

Angelo’s family migrated from Thessaloniki in northern Greece to Sydney’s Inner West when he
was an infant and he has been a lifelong resident since.

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