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Anti-domestic violence campaigner appointed New Deputy Lord Mayor

Say Hello to Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh as he commences in the role of Deputy Lord Mayor while Mary Couros completed her term in the role last week.

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We have a new Deputy Lord Mayor in town. Say hello to Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh as he commences in the role of Deputy Lord Mayor.

Arman was elected at the November Council meeting and current Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Couros completed her term in the role last week.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor thanked Mary for her hard work and dedication while serving as Deputy Lord Mayor and welcomed Arman to the role.

“Mary is a passionate advocate for businesses and residents and has carried out her duties as Deputy Lord Mayor with a great deal energy and good humour,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It was the first time in more than 20 years that we had both a female Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor and I am proud of what Mary achieved in the important role.

This included bringing back the City of Adelaide’s first Flower Day since 1975, which was incredibly well received by the community and will now be an ongoing event.

“I welcome Arman to the role, who is known for being an energetic and pragmatic Elected Member as well as for his tireless anti-domestic violence work and I’m looking forward to working very closely with him as my deputy.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Abrahimzadeh said it was a great honour to be elected.

“It is exciting and a privilege to be elected as the Deputy Lord Mayor, particularly as Adelaide’s first Deputy Lord Mayor with Persian and Afghan heritage,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said.

“We all know that Adelaide is the third most liveable city in the world. In order to make the city a more attractive destination for living, we must ensure the city’s facilities and lifestyle, particularly for families, are second to none.”

The Deputy Lord Mayor said he believes it’s important to do everything we can to collaborate with other tiers of government to ensure a strong sense of community remains within the City of Adelaide.

“Increasing the city’s residential population doesn’t just harness a sense of community and belonging but it will be a boost for local businesses,” he said.

“I think it is important for us as a Council to focus on attracting and increasing the number of city dwellers. More residents essentially means more customers for city businesses and thus a thriving and sustainable ecosystem.”

The Deputy Lord Mayor has worked in domestic violence prevention and gender equality advocacy. He has been acknowledged for this after being awarded SA’s Young Australian of the Year in 2016 and again in 2018 after bring the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

You can find out more about the new Deputy Lord Mayor here.

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