City of Parramatta Council tonight elected Councillor Sameer Pandey as its new Lord Mayor.
Councillor Pandey, who represents the Parramatta Ward, is the City’s first Lord Mayor of Indian origin.
Cr Pandey said it was a privilege to lead the council of one of the fastest-growing centres in Australia.
“The City of Parramatta is the geographical heart of Greater Sydney and a major economic powerhouse as well as the best place in Sydney to live,” Cr Pandey said.
“Parramatta is home to a vibrant and diverse community and I’m excited to lead the City as it cements itself as Sydney’s second CBD and the focus of some of its most exciting opportunities.”
Councillor Donna Davis MP stepped down from the role following her election as the State Member for Parramatta. Cr Davis MP will continue as a councillor until the next local government elections in September 2024.
A new Deputy Lord Mayor will be elected at the next meeting of Council in June.
Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council is required to conduct a new election for Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor in September 2023.
Labor Councillor Sameer Pandey was first elected to Council in 2017 and represents the Parramatta Ward. In 2022, he became the City’s first Deputy Lord Mayor from the Indian subcontinent. A small business owner with a background in IT, Cr Pandey is passionate about ensuring Council delivers what community and local businesses need and positioning the City of Parramatta as a smart city.