Mayor Tanya Taylor was popularly elected to Willoughby City Council in December 2021, and is the third female Mayor in the Council’s 157 year history. Mayor Tanya is proud to lead this inclusive and diverse Council, which includes three female Councillors.
As Mayor, Tanya is committed to working with the community to ensure Willoughby continues to flourish and evolve, creating a sustainable and enjoyable environment and promoting a social and supportive atmosphere for residents and businesses, building on the work that has been done in previous terms of Council.
Tanya is passionate about including the community in Council’s decision making and would like to see more opportunities for public input. She would also like to ensure appropriate development that complements and respects the existing built and natural environments as well as the beautiful heritage aspects across the City of Willoughby. She is very aware of the pressures on the local government area and is a strong advocate for the delivery of increased tree canopy, infrastructure, affordable housing and community services.
Another priority for the Mayor is in positioning Chatswood as the cultural heart of Sydney’s North Shore, through venues such as the state-of-the-art Concourse and local talent such as the world-class Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, together with the rich and diverse events, arts and cultural programming provided by Council.
Prior to joining Council, Tanya had a long record of community participation through a range of local organisations and for worthy causes including 1st Sailors Bay Sea Scouts, Willoughby Public School P&C, Willoughby Community Special Needs Pre-School, Cancer Council NSW and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Mayor Tanya continues to be an active and passionate volunteer in community-based organisations throughout Willoughby.
Tanya has a background in event and project management, and experience working in local government at the City of Sydney. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Community Development to enhance her skills and knowledge to become a more skilled community advocate.
Tanya lives with her husband, three children and two Jack Russell Terriers in Willoughby.