Openly gay politicians have done well in two mayoral elections in NSW. Liberal councillor Scott Nash was elected as Mayor of Randwick City Council on Tuesday, while the Greens Ray Goodlass has become the first openly gay Deputy Mayor west of the great dividing range after a vote by Wagga Wagga city councillors.
Nash follows in the footsteps of former Bruce Notley-Smith, who earlier this year became the first openly gay Liberal to be elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in the seat of Coogee.
Greens MLC David Shoebrige congratulated Goodlass on his win.
“This is a real breakthrough for diversity west of the sandstone curtain,” Shoebridge said.
“This is perhaps the first openly gay deputy mayor elected to a council in western NSW. Ray’s election is good news for the Greens and good new for local government in Wagga. It is a testament to almost four years of hard work from Ray in fearlessly representing local interests and the environment.”
The Greens’ Bradley Hughes was voted deputy mayor of Randwick Council.