Greens Councillor Rafaela Pandolfini has been elected Deputy Mayor of Randwick. The North Ward Councillor was elected to the position by her Councillor peers at a meeting of Randwick Council held last night Tuesday 27 September 2022 at the Prince Henry Centre in Little Bay.
The election was a two-way contest between Councillor Daniel Rosenfeld, Liberal Councillor and Greens Councillor Rafaela Pandolfini. Pandolfini secured the position with a majority of nine votes while Councillor Rosenfeld received six votes.
Deputy Mayor Pandolfini was first elected to Randwick Council in September 2021. In her short term as a Councillor, Pandolfini has made a great impact as a fierce advocate for her community and the arts.
Deputy Mayor Pandolfini will serve alongside Councillor Dylan Parker, Mayor of Randwick for a one-year term until September 2023.
“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Councillor Pandolfini and look forward to working with her as Deputy Mayor. As a first term Councillor, Deputy Mayor Pandolfini has made an impressive impact on pushing her direction with the arts and has made refreshing and encouraging contributions to Councillor discussions. I look forward to working with her in the coming months and I have full confidence that she will do a great job,” says Councillor Dylan Parker, Mayor of Randwick.
Deputy Mayor Rafaela Pandolfini said of the appointment: “I love living in Randwick City and being a part of the community. Gadigal and Bidjigal lands are a very special and beautiful part of the Sydney coast. It is an honour to live on this land and I am very grateful to have been elected to this position as Deputy Mayor. Serving as Councillor for the past year has given me great insight into the important work Council does and the effect it has on the local community. As an artist, local resident, and parent, I’m deeply committed to serving the community, increasing arts & culture in our area, protecting the precious environment, and mitigating the effects of the already changing climate and importantly listening and learning from the First Nations community, the traditional custodians of this land. Finally, I want to thank my family, partner, and beautiful children for their ongoing support.”
The Mayor and the Councillors extended their appreciation to outgoing Deputy Mayor, Cr Kym Chapple for her dedication and service during her term serving in the role.