The City of Parramatta Council in Sydney on Monday (local time) elected Indian-origin Councilor Sameer Pandey as its new Lord Mayor.
Sameer Pandey’s election to the post coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Sydney on Monday for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese.
Sameer Pandey was first elected to the council in 2017 and, in 2022, became the City’s first Deputy Lord Mayor from the Indian subcontinent, an official statement said.
He was elected as Donna Davis stepped down from the role following her election as the State Member for Parramatta in Australia’s New South Wales state.
Asserting that it was a privilege to lead the council of one of the fastest-growing centers in Australia, Sameer Pandey said, “The City of Parramatta is the geographical heart of Greater Sydney and a major economic powerhouse as well as the best place in Sydney to live.”
“Parramatta is home to a vibrant and diverse community, and I’m excited to lead the City as it cements itself as Sydney’s second CBD (central business district) and the focus of some of its most exciting opportunities,” he was quoted as saying in the press release.
A small business owner with a background in IT, Sameer Pandey “is passionate about ensuring the council delivers what the community and local businesses need and positioning the City of Parramatta as a smart city”, the press release said.