Armenian Activist Elected to Australian City Post

RYDE, Australia–Ryde City Council members Tuesday voted Sarkis Yedelian as Deputy Mayor and re-elected Ivan Petch as Mayor of the City of Ryde
“I am very humbled and honored to be appointed the Deputy Mayor of this fine city,” said Yedelian.
“I will continue to work hard to deliver improvemen’s to our local community including implementing Top Ryde’s development, and improving local services.”
“I also intend to work closely with Mayor Ivan Petch and fellow councillors to deliver positive outcomes for Ryde residents,” added Yedelian.
Some of the Yedalian’s achievemen’s of since being elected to Council include:
*In conjunction with Ryde RSL dedicating a memorial plaque commemorating the 90th anniversary of Gallipoli;
*Successfully initiating a smoking ban on council owned public venues including parks and playgrounds;
*On March 8, 2005, Ryde Council considered concerns expressed by Independent Councillor Sarkis Yedelian regarding reports that human remains from the Gallipoli Conflict are believed to have been dug up and possibly destroyed by local workers.
*On April 12, 2005, Yedelian’s motion was passed unanimously by Ryde City Council marking 90th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide and Council erected a memorial garden in the Meadowbank War Memorial Park . For the first time, an Australian Council officially recognised the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and called on the Commonwealth Government to do the same.
Yedalian was elected a City Council member of Central Ward in the March 2004 at Local Government elections, and is the first Councillor elected in Australia of Armenian heritage. Next Local Government elections will be held in September 2008.

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