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Councillors & Wards

Councillor John Sipek

Ward: Rose Hill (representing Airport West, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights)

Portfolio: Sports & Community Organisations

Phone: 0423 776 740


February/March Update

We are preparing to appoint an architect who will lead the future design of the East Keilor Leisure Centre, and the community will be updated through this stage of the project. To stay up to date visit

We are currently undertaking a feasibility study and considering site options for a new indoor highball stadium to cater for the 7,500 people in Moonee Valley that play indoor sports such as netball and basketball.

Our Men’s Sheds in Aberfeldie, Flemington and Strathmore are a great way for community members to engage in hands on projects while also enjoying friendships. I want to talk with community members to gauge interest for a Men’s Shed in Rose Hill.

Food swap markets are appearing over Melbourne, and I am keen to explore introducing a market in Moonee Valley. They are a great way of bringing the community together to swap surplus local fruit and vegetables.

I take this opportunity to thank residents of the Rose Hill Ward for your support and trust in me to represent you on Council.

About Cr Sipek

Tell us about yourself

I live in East Keilor, with my wife and two adult sons. I am an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by profession and also a professional Company Director. Currently, I am a Director of the Qantas Superannuation Fund, a Justice of the Peace; and a long time member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I enjoy all forms of sporting activities and support many local clubs. 

What five words best describe you?

  1. Patient
  2. Listener
  3. Realist
  4. Persistent
  5. Dedicated

What do you hope to achieve in your term as Councillor?

In 2010-11 when I was Mayor I introduced a tradition of fiscal responsibility aligned with Council strategies. Some measures that Council applied were a long term strategy to keep rates at record lows, continuous budgetary reviews, and streamlining services and functions - just doing things smarter not harder. This has placed us in a strong position with the introduction of rate capping.

We have proposed real, long-term savings instead of relying on short-term actions to enable us to plan well for the future. Projects that these savings have contributed to are major upgrades to sporting fields and pavilions throughout the city, the Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre and the Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre.

Over the next four years I would like to introduce netball courts to football or soccer clubs, explore introducing a Men’s Shed in the Rose Hill Ward, upgrade our pavillions to include lights for night sports, and see the redevelopment of the East Keilor Leisure Centre. These projects and more will ensure our children and future generations enjoy our wonderful city.

What do you think are Moonee Valley's greatest strengths?

Moonee Valley is a wonderful boutique city. It is located close to the Melbourne CBD, Melbourne Airport, major arterial roads and diverse environmentally significant open space and waterways. It is a well known fact that Victoria is the place to be, and I say "Moonee Valley is the place to live in Victoria." Our greatest strength is you, our residents who live, work or contribute to our city.