In November 2018 I was elected as Lord Mayor of Hobart. I am Hobart’s 70th Mayor and the third female Mayor in the City’s 165 year history.
Hobart was home for the Mouheneenner Aboriginal people for hundreds of generations, before Europeans arrived in the summer of 1804 and changed their world forever. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city – established when Sydney was only a couple of decades old. It is older than Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Hobart is a wonderful city – located on one of the world’s great deep water ports with a skyline of forested hills and dominated by the magnificent bulk of kunanyi/Mount Wellington with its blunt face of dolerite columns known as the ‘organ pipes’.
Hobart is changing – and in many ways, these changes are positive and exciting. But change also brings challenges, and the next few years will be some of the most crucial in Hobart’s history. During these times of change, I want to protect and enhance what makes Hobart special – the beautiful, historic, creative, peaceful and unpretentious city we call home.