Pinar Yesil, role model for young Australians
Pinar Yesil was born in Australia to Turkish parents before the family returned to their home country when she was seven or eight. The 28-year-old Paperbark Ward councillor defeated Yvonne Herring 7-4 in a vote early 2008 to become the first Muslim mayor of Dandenong..
“..As Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong and as a young Turkish Muslim woman I believe I am a role model for young Australians.
Becoming Mayor at such a young age was a significant achievement.
I hope it acts as inspiration for other young people to achieve their dreams.”
Australian-Turk Pinar Yesil was elected the City of Greater Dandenong’s first Muslim Mayor in late 2008.