Thursday, April 18, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Meet Mackay's New Deputy Mayor

By Amanda Wright

Belinda Hassan has emerged victorious in the race for Mackay Regional Council's deputy mayor, capturing the role with a resounding majority vote. The returning councillor expressed her gratitude, stating it was "very humbling" to receive the support of the electorate and fellow councillors.
Having secured 4.1 per cent of the region's vote, Hassan's election to the deputy mayorship was confirmed with a vote of nine to two during Mackay Regional Council’s Statutory meeting last week. She acknowledged the weight of responsibility, recognising the "huge shoes to fill" left by her predecessor Karen May, who opted not to seek re-election after eight years of service.
Ms Hassan was elected for the deputy mayor position with a vote of nine to two, despite opposition from newcomer Peter Sheedy and fellow independent Marty Bella, who voted against her nomination.
Addressing the meeting, Hassan emphasised her readiness for the role, citing her four years as a councillor as ample preparation.
Drawing from her experience both as part of a team and as an independent councillor, she acknowledged the importance of professionalism and adherence to the council's code of conduct.

“As Deputy Mayor, my aim is to represent the diverse needs and aspirations of the Mackay region, fostering inclusive growth and sustainable development,” she said.
“I’m committed to championing projects that promote economic prosperity, and prioritise community wellbeing. I’m also committed to following through on existing projects, such as the Finch Hatton and Eungella mountain bike trails, Northern Beaches Community Hub and activating the waterfront area.
“Overall, I’m dedicated to serving the people of the Mackay region and working towards a brighter future for our community. I’m looking forward to collaborating with my fellow Councillors and community stakeholders to make positive decisions that will benefit us all.”
Regarding her reception of the majority vote, Hassan remarked, "It was truly humbling and gratifying to receive the majority vote from the Mackay public.

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