Nicholas Reece sworn in as 105th Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Nicholas Reece sworn in as 105th Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Sean Car

Long-standing councillor Nicholas Reece was officially sworn in as the 105th Lord Mayor of Melbourne on July 2, pledging to be a “a hands-on Lord Mayor”.

Having served his apprenticeship as a councillor since 2016, as well as serving as Deputy Lord Mayor under his predecessor Sally Capp since 2020, Cr Reece believes he’s well and truly ready for the city’s top job.

As the lead of the council’s planning portfolio and deputy lead of its finance portfolio, the new Lord Mayor has played a major role in driving the city’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

Away from the council, he has helped shape Melbourne through his experience as a lawyer, journalist, public servant, university leader, and pioneering roles with Movember and The Big Issue.

He is also lives and breathes Carlton as both a resident, along with his wife and three daughters, and as a “fanatical” Blues supporter.

He said that all his life, he had “sought to be actively engaged in public service to help others”, and that it was “the honour of my life to serve the city that I love.”


“Melbourne is the best and fairest city in the world. It is also the biggest and fastest-growing capital city in Australia. I will be hitting the ground running to deliver the services and infrastructure our community needs and deserves,” Cr Reece said.


While he will only serve in the role for a matter of months until September 17 when the City of Melbourne enters caretaker period ahead of the elections in October, it will serve as a crucial period for Cr Reece as he prepares to win office for a full four-year term.

“I will be a hands-on Lord Mayor. I love fixing things, solving problems, making decisions, and making things happen. I will work hard every single day to make life better for the people of Melbourne,” the new Lord Mayor said.

“To the residents, businesses, ratepayers, workers, international students and visitors to Melbourne – I promise strong leadership, I will listen and act.”

“Melbourne has gone through some difficult times as the most locked down city in the world. While the city is bouncing back, I know there are people and businesses who are still doing it tough. I won’t shy away from the challenges – I will be a Lord Mayor for every Melburnian.”

Cr Reece also paid tribute to outgoing Lord Mayor Sally Capp for her “extraordinary energy and drive”.

“Together with the council group, she steered Melbourne through COVID lockdowns to emerge as a stronger and more resilient city,” he said.

Council CEO Alison Leighton also thanked Sally Capp for her contribution to Melbourne, and said she looked forward to working with Cr Reece to “continue to deliver what counts for Melburnians”.

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