Councillor Candy Bingham re-elected deputy mayor of Northern Beaches Council

 

Source: Manly Daily

Cr Bingham narrowly defeated Cr Kylie Ferguson for the position.

 

Independent councillor for the Northern Beaches Council Candy Bingham.

Independent councillor for the Northern Beaches Council Candy Bingham.

It was a fierce battle for title of Deputy Mayor, but after two years in the job councillor Candy Bingham won a majority votes during an election and was reappointed as deputy mayor.

On Tuesday night, Cr Kylie Ferguson was also nominated for the role but narrowly missed out by one vote.

It’s Cr Bingham’s third time serving as deputy mayor for Northern Beaches Council. She is an independent councillor for the Manly Ward and became a councillor in 2012, prior to the amalgamation.

Deputy mayor Candy Bingham for Manly Ward elected as deputy mayor in third year. Picture: Adam Yip

Deputy mayor Candy Bingham for Manly Ward elected as deputy mayor in third year. Picture: Adam Yip

She’s had a strong career in public relations and is the wife to Jeremy Bingham who was the former Lord Mayor of Sydney.

Over the years she has served on council committees including Waste Management, Arts & Heritage and Community Safety, while she’s also been involved in fundraising work for Manly Women’s Shelter and Manly Rotary.

Mayor Michael Regan congratulated Cr Bingham. He said with council elections being put off for another year due to COVID-19, Cr Bingham’s appointment as deputy mayor maintained “stability”.

Northern Beaches mayor Michael Regan and deputy mayor Candy Bingham. Picture: Jeremy Piper

Northern Beaches mayor Michael Regan and deputy mayor Candy Bingham. Picture: Jeremy Piper

“This gives stability to the overall governance of the organisation. Candy is an exceptionally hard worker, particularly in her local ward of Manly but also in general so it’s a good partnership” Cr Regan said.

“There’s a lot of things Candy does behind the scenes, she’s passionate about her community and council and plays her role in making sure council succeeds.

“She’s a very good deputy and has some great ideas. We don’t always see eye-to-eye but we have a mutual respect.”

Cr Bingham said it was “a great honour and privilege”.

“I think the main thing is to maintain continuity of council. The council ir rolling out programs, major capital works and there are a lot of things that will entail community consultation and that’s my strength,” Cr Bingham said.

“We want to make sue we’re delivering what the community wants. I’m looking forward to serving the community in this role for another year.”


 

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