Indigenous leader Yvonne Weldon enters race for Sydney mayoralty

Indigenous leader Yvonne Weldon has entered the race for the Sydney lord mayoralty, pitting herself against long-time incumbent Clover Moore and Labor councillor Linda Scott.

Ms Weldon, who is chairwoman of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, announced her decision on Friday to run as the first Aboriginal Australian candidate for lord mayor.
The Wiradjuri woman will replace independent candidate Kerryn Phelps, who bowed out of the contest early this month due to the health of a close family member.

Ms Weldon was originally part of Dr Phelps’ team to contest council elections on September 4.

Her decision to nominate as a candidate ensures a contest between at least three well-known women for the job of Sydney lord mayor.

Cr Scott, who has been on the City of Sydney council since 2012, confirmed in February that she would stand against Cr Moore, who is seeking a historic fifth term as mayor.