BEIRUT: A Lebanese-born man was elected mayor of Holroyd, a district of Sydney, Australia, with a large Lebanese migrant population.
Nasr Kafrouni was elected mayor of Holroyd, a western suburb of Sydney. Census data from 2011 shows that 9.8 percent of the area’s citizens are of Lebanese ancestry, which is 14 times the national average. Lebanon is the third most common country of origin, and many citizens say they speak Arabic at home.
Kafrouni was born in the village of Beino in Akkar, and emigrated to Australia in 1977.
He expressed his pride at representing the Lebanese community in his district, according to a report from the National News Agency, adding that the Lebanese “proved their ability to succeed in different fields in Australia.”
His daughter, Nadima, is also a councilor at the Holroyd City Council.
“Congratulations to my amazing father, to a man of honor,” Nadima said on her Facebook page after her father’s election victory. “A man who has great family values and to the new mayor of Holroyd City Council.”
Kafrouni is a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.
In a profile in the Parramatta Holroyd Sun, a local paper, Kafrouni said he would work to promote his community and make time for residents.
“The Kafrouni family have spent three decades living in Holroyd,” Kafrouni added.
“We’ve taken an active interest in local schools, sporting teams, our church and community organizations.”
The council includes other members with Lebanese ancestry.
Councilor Michael Zaiter lost the deputy mayor election, while other members include Eddy Sarkis and Joseph Rahme.