City of Ballarat councillors have elected Councillor Des Hudson as Mayor and Councillor Peter Eddy Deputy Mayor for the 2023/24 term.
It will be Cr Hudson’s second consecutive year as Mayor of Ballarat.
The election occurred at an unscheduled council meeting at Town Hall on Monday night.
After the vote, the Mayor (pictured, centre) was presented to the Town Hall Chambers in the official Mayoral robes and chains, accompanied by the Sovereign Hill Red Coats.
Following the meeting the traditional ringing of the heritage Alfred Bells at Town Hall took place, along with a presentation from the Town Crier (pictured, left).
Mayor Hudson said he was honoured to serve the Ballarat community in the top job once again.
“As we commence this final term of Council, we still have considerable work to be done for our community now and into the future,” he said.
“We must maintain discipline to continue to complete the Council Plan, that we committed to in 2021.
“I look forward to continuing to work with each and every one of this Councillor group, the CEO and his team to achieve great results for the City of Ballarat.”
Now in his sixth term, Mayor Hudson is the longest serving Councillor with the post-amalgamation City of Ballarat and served as Mayor in 2015/16 and as Deputy Mayor in 2007/08 and 2014/15.
Cr Peter Eddy (pictured, right) is a North Ward Councillor, elected in 2020. He has been involved in several local and state not-for-profit community boards over the past 30 years.