Mayor, Clr Darcy Byrne – Balmain Ward - Baludarri (Leather Jacket)

Darcy Byrne grew up in Balmain and is a life-long resident of the Inner West. He attended local public schools as a student.


He was first elected to Leichhardt Council in 2008, and served as Mayor from 2012-2014. He was re-elected to the position in September in 2015 and with the forced council amalgamations in May 2016 became the last Mayor of Leichhardt Council.

In 2017, Darcy was elected as the inaugural Mayor of Inner West Council.

Darcy’s goal is to make the Inner West the best local government in Australia and a national leader in environmental policy, arts and culture and community infrastructure.

Since being elected Mayor of the Inner West, Darcy has been getting results.  See the list of 40 progressive policies and projects he has delivered so far.

Aims as a Councillor

  • Passionate about contributing to the local community.

Representation on Committees

  • ClubGrants;
  • Cooks River Alliance Board;
  • Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC); and
  • Sydney Airport Community Forum.

Previous Council Terms

Elected to Leichhardt Council in 2008
Mayor of Leichhardt Council: September 2012-September 2014 and September 2015-May 2016.


Phone: 9392 5900
Twitter: @MayorDarcy
Facebook: /DarcyByrne

Policies and projects delivered so far 

Environment and renewable energy

  1. Now sourcing 25 per cent of Council’s electricity from the Moree Solar Farm.
  2. Became the first and only Council in NSW to reach 100 per cent divestment from fossil fuels.
  3. Launched Solar My School, where Council helps Inner West schools to install solar on their buildings with the aim of seeing every local school powered by solar.
  4. Fast-tracked a project to replace all residential street lighting with sustainable LED lights, with massive cost saving and emissions reductions.
  5. Delivered a new swap-and-go reusable coffee cup scheme across Inner West cafes to help cut down on the more than one billion disposable coffee cups dumped in landfill each year.
  6. Established an alliance of Sydney councils to create a new metropolitan-wide food recycling scheme.
  7. Progressing a new swim site in Callan Park as part of the push to make the Parramatta River swimmable.

Arts, music and night life

  1. Established EDGE to showcase the artists living and working in the Inner West in a rolling series of cultural events to rival Vivid Sydney.
  2. Established an expanded “Good Neighbour” policy to end vexatious noise complaints against pubs, clubs and small bars, requiring mitigation not litigation of complaints.
  3. Implemented live music infrastructure grants to assist venues to host more gigs.
  4. Led the inception of a music festival to honour the great Australian conductor and music educator and Inner West resident Richard Gill (coming in November).
  5. Working to legalise small scale arts and live performance in shopfronts, office blocks and industrial buildings.
  6. Initiated heritage protections for long-standing pubs to protect hotels from residential development and conversion into other business uses.

Economic development

  1. Permanently turned off parking metres after 7pm – the first Council in NSW to do so.
  2. Proposed and delivered a new category of liquor licence for Inner West craft breweries making it easier for them to open, operate and grow.
  3. Secured changes to allow local cafes and restaurants to automatically qualify for a small bar license and open after-dark.
  4. Proposed and delivered a new category of liquor licence for Inner West craft breweries making it easier for them to open, operate and grow.

Massive investment in libraries, pools, sport and recreation facilities

  1. Opened the new Marrickville Library, a stunning example of architectural excellence, housing 85,000 books, a public square, landscaped gardens, children’s playground and public art.
  2. Completing construction of the new Ashfield Pool - a state-of-the-art facility opening in 2020.
  3. Saved Dawn Fraser Pool with a $6 million heritage restoration to be completed in 2020.
  4. Delivered the $2 million Sydenham Green Skate Park – one of Sydney’s best skating destinations.
  5. Continued improvements to Leichhardt Oval attracting men’s and women’s international soccer, rugby union and rugby league, as well as A-League and NRL matches.
  6. Delivered a $2 million upgrade of Waterfront Drive sporting fields in Callan Park and a $1 million upgrade of Petersham Oval.
  7. Opened three new netball/basketball courts in Haberfield.
  8. Delivered a $3.7 million upgrade of Camperdown Park.
  9. Completing the $4.3 million Cooks River Parklands project.
  10. Provided $2 million in funding for the synthetic sports surface construction at Tempe Reserve and Leichhardt Oval Number 2.

Indigenous recognition

  1. Adopted Aboriginal names for Inner West Council wards.
  2. Became the first government in Australia to fly the South Sea Islander Flag.
  3. Conducting a pilot Aboriginal language program in Tempe with the intention of making it available to preschool children across the Inner West.
  4. Established a Survival Memorial program to commemorate the survival of Indigenous people in the Sydney area.


  1. Became the first Council in Australia to make town halls and community centres available for same sex marriages, free of charge, for 100 days following the passing of marriage equality legislation.
  2. Employed a LGBTIQ officer to promote collaboration in the community.
  3. Began work to establish a Pride Centre in the Inner West to provide wellbeing and health support programs and services.
  4. Installed rainbow Pride Seats at high profile locations throughout the Inner West with dedications to activists and organisations who campaigned for civil rights.
  5. Awarded Sarah Midgley, NSW Co-Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality, the Citizen of the Year Award.

Boosting the birthplace of multiculturalism

  1. Employed a new Multicultural Officer to lead initiatives from Council’s multicultural policy and support our multicultural communities.
  2. Naming of the Little Portugal precinct in the Petersham central business district.
  3. Expanded the work of the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park to include free swimming lessons, lifeguard training and school holiday programs for children from refugee backgrounds.

Protecting the Inner West

  1. Won back community control of the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor from the NSW Government.
  2. Defeated Mirvac’s plan for skyscrapers in Carrington Road, Marrickville.
  3. Saved local businesses from being turfed out at Lords Road in Leichhardt and the entire industrial space rezoned for residential.

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