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Rann sets agenda for new city council
LOOKING AHEAD: Stephen Yarwood with Stephanie Gibbs and Kyle YoungntsG and Stephanie Gibbs at nte outside the Concubine Restaurant on Gouger St yesterday.
PREMIER Mike Rann has challenged the new city council to work with the State Government to deliver on big promises including the Adelaide Oval and revitalising the CBD.
Mr Rann yesterday phoned Lord Mayor-elect Stephen Yarwood to congratulate him on the unexpected victory.
The Premier then used social networking site Twitter to issue a public call for collaboration to drive the city forward.
"Just spoke to Stephen Yarwood. I said I was looking forward to working with him on the Capital City Committee and on city projects," Mr Rann wrote.
He listed the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and medical research centre as well as trains and trams upgrades and the Adelaide Oval rebuild as critical projects to the city's future.
Mr Yarwood said the phone conversation was "incredibly optimistic and positive." He was also congratulated yesterday by Federal Labor MP for Adelaide Kate Ellis.
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As counting continues, it appears Mr Yarwood will be dealing with a substantially new-look council. His rivals for lord mayor - Ralph Clarke and Francis Wong - will no longer be part of the council and a string of other new faces look set for places.
Veteran councillor Anne Moran was returned in a landslide as a city-wide representative.
Mr Yarwood yesterday took to the streets of the CBD to sell his message of progress, development and low-carbon policies to punters.
Mr Yarwood told The Advertiser the secret to his unlikely election was three months of door-knocking and use of new media to build networks.
"I bothered to go out and talk to every single person. Door-knocking the entire city took three months, but it was a wonderful experience and I've learnt a huge amount about my city and about my community," he said.
Mr Yarwood said promoting residential development would be central to his time at Adelaide's helm and the council's new motto would be "Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork".
Kyle Young and Stephanie Gibbs yesterday said they hoped Mr Yarwood would make a real difference.
"He seems like a great guy. A very nice man that will make a great lord mayor." Mr Young said.