Port Stephens Council elects Giacomo Arnott as LGA’s youngest Deputy Mayor

West Ward Councillor and Raymond Terrace local Giacomo Arnott has been voted as Deputy Mayor. Photo: Kelly Hammond.

PORT Stephens Council has elected its youngest ever councillor as Deputy Mayor.

West Ward Councillor Giacomo Arnott was first elected to Port Stephens Council in 2017, and following the Council meeting on 13 September, Cr Arnott earned a new title: Deputy Mayor.

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Giacomo now holds the record for youngest councillor ever elected (at 23 years old) and youngest deputy mayor ever elected to Port Stephens Council, at just 28 years old.

He takes over the role from Central Ward Councillor Steve Tucker who was elected to the Deputy role in 2021.

Cr Arnott has lived and worked in Raymond Terrace his whole life.

He is a Law and Business Graduate and has a Diploma of Legal Practice, and works as a professional firefighter with Raymond Terrace Fire and Rescue, in addition to volunteering with many groups and community organisations.

Deputy Mayor Arnott is very grateful to have been unanimously elected in his new role.

“It’s great to have the support of my fellow Councillors and I look forward to working together to improve transparency and deliver valued services and infrastructure to the community,” he said.

As an advocate for Port Stephens’ youth, Deputy Mayor Arnott hopes his election will once again show the community of Port Stephens what they are capable of.

“Becoming Deputy Mayor at such a young age shows that people, especially those from Raymond Terrace, can do anything,” he told News Of The Area.

“I hope my election encourages others in our community to aim high and work hard.”


Deputy Mayor Giacomo Arnott and Councillor Leah Anderson at the Council meeting. Photo: Kelly Hammond.

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