Blue Mountains News
Mayor Mark Greenhill celebrates 10 years of serving the local community
Mayor Mark Greenhill was first elected as a Councillor in 1999 and has been Mayor since 2013, making him the longest serving Mayor of the City of the Blue Mountains.
Cr Greenhill said the Blue Mountains has faced many challenges throughout the years, it has been a privilege to serve the community and make a positive contribution.
“Public service is an honour. It is a privilege. It is hard work, and it should be,” Cr Greenhill said.
“We have faced two major bushfire events, a pandemic, floods and storms. The thing that stands out the most is the incredible inspiration of the survivors of the 2013 and Black Summer fires, as well as the bravery and dedication of the emergency services. I draw inspiration from these wonderful people.
“We also saw justice done at the end of the asbestos public inquiry via a public apology, which was an important victory.
"When I became Mayor, the Council had nearly $60 million of debt, and now it has under $14 million. Our budgets were in deficit, now we are in surplus. We have found a way to pay for $400 million worth of rain damage without raising rates, like so many other councils are doing.
“We have done all of this while delivering the biggest capital works program the City has ever seen in its history with new parks, a wonderful theatre and arts hub, improvements to ovals and sports precincts, lookouts and walking tracks, and we have introduced major environmental protections.
“Being in a role like this you learn that the most important thing is to do what you feel is right. If you always take the easy road, ultimately you achieve nothing.
“I want to thank my colleagues, the Council staff and our wonderful community for the support you have given me. I want to particularly acknowledge Deputy Mayor Cr Romola Hollywood and Council’s CEO Dr Rosemary Dillion, who are two impressive, professional women I am proud to work with.”
Cr Greenhill served as Deputy Mayor from 2010-2013 and was President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) from 2000-2003.
In 2016, Cr Greenhill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to local government and to the community of the Blue Mountains.
He was awarded the University of Western Sydney Community Award for his leadership during the 2013 bushfires. Then in the aftermath of the 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires, Cr Greenhill was awarded the National Emergency Medal for services as a firefighter during that campaign.
The National Parks project to upgrade the Wentworth Falls picnic area...
Blue Mountains City Council is celebrating the third annual Love Local...
More than 80 people gathered at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community...
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is partnering with the National Gallery...
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs Enjoy our 9 seat Stretch Limo with TV & Champagne Bar. Travel in Style!
Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat Experience La Dolce Vita in the Blue Mtns with one of our Cooking Classes on your next trip.
Simmo's Offroad Tours 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour showcasing the Blue Mountains, an introduction to four wheel driving, Sunday 10th December
La Casetta Guest review: Such a stunningly practical luxurious home, close to the magnificent mountains, restaurants, markets,shops
Federation Gardens and Possums Hideaway Toast marshmallows around the cosy firepit.