Long wait for next fe­male mayor


their hand up for the top job in­clude for­mer Deputy Lord Mayor Mark Hamil­ton and dance-stu­dio owner Steven Kelly. Cr Ver­schoor, a for­mer Ade­laide City Coun­cil se­nior man­ager and its cur­rent Deputy Lord Mayor, last night told The Ad­ver­tiser she hoped to help Ade­laide evolve into a city that at­tracted peo­ple, cre­ativ­ity and in­vest­ment.

This, she ar­gued, would en­cour­age the city’s best and brightest res­i­dents to re­main in Ade­laide or re­turn home from stints in­ter­state or over­seas.

“I love this city and be­lieve Ade­laide is poised (and) ready for great things,” she said. “A fu­ture that is pro­gres­sive and dy­namic, where en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­abil­ity, in­dige­nous and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and cre­ativ­ity are not tacked on af­ter­thoughts but fun­da­men­tal to ev­ery­thing we do.

“I am ready to lead the next coun­cil to­wards that fu­ture. To fu­ture-proof our city.”

Cr Ver­schoor, aged in her 50s, joined the coun­cil in 2015 when she won the area coun­cil­lor by-elec­tion trig­gered by for­mer Greens Sen­a­tor Robert Simms en­ter­ing Fed­eral Pol­i­tics – mak­ing the coun­cil evenly com­prised of both men and women for the first time since 1840. She was then elected to the role of Deputy Lord Mayor in June 2016. Be­fore she joined the elected mem­ber body, Cr Ver­schoor spent three years as the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager for city cul­ture and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Dur­ing this time, she said she helped de­velop and lead the coun­cil’s Vi­brant Ade­laide agenda, ini­ti­ated a trans­for­ma­tion of Leigh and Peel streets, helped in­tro­duce more pub­lic art into in­fra­struc­ture as well as man­ag­ing small bars li­cens­ing changes in­tro­duced by the for­mer La­bor State Gov­ern­ment. Out­lin­ing her agenda if she won, she said would prioritise tack­ling home­less­ness.

“There is so much pos­i­tive work be­ing done that I am ab­so­lutely con­vinced we can end home­less­ness in Ade­laide and be­come a bea­con of so­cial jus­tice around the coun­try,” she said. She also hoped to po­si­tion Ade­laide as the coun­try’s epi­cen­tre of screen in­dus­tries, food and wine cul­ture.

She said she would also cut red tape, re­duce costs and pro­vide bet­ter busi­ness sup­port.

Nom­i­na­tions for coun­cil elec­tions close to­mor­row.

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