What you need to know


Councillors are voted in by residents every four years, to represent the community and make decisions regarding a large range of issues. Moonee Valley is made up of three wards - Rose Hill, Buckley and Myrnong, and each ward is represented by three Councillors.

Information about Councillors

To contact a Councillor, please see their details on their respective pages or contact the Councillor Support Office. They can assist members of the community and organisations with general Councillor enquiries, including invitations to attend events and meetings. Contact them on 9243 8846 or email coffice@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Role of Councillors

The Local Government Act 2020 tells us that a Councillor's primary role is to work with Council to provide good governance for the benefit and well-being of our whole community.

In representing their local communities, the Act states Councillors must ensure that:

  • Council decisions are to be made and actions taken in accordance with the relevant law;
  • priority is to be given to achieving the best outcomes for the municipal community, including future generations;
  • the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the municipal district, including mitigation and planning for climate change risks, is to be promoted;
  • the municipal community is to be engaged in strategic planning and strategic decision making;
  • innovation and continuous improvement is to be pursued;
  • collaboration with other Councils and Governments and statutory bodies is to be sought;
  • the ongoing financial viability of the Council is to be ensured;
  • regional, state and national plans and policies are to be taken into account in strategic planning and decision making;
  • the transparency of Council decisions, actions and information is to be ensured.

Each November, Council also elects the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to lead the team for the year ahead.

For more information about the role of Councillors, visit the Know Your Council website.

Council elections

During the Council election period (22 September – 24 October 2020), Councillor mobile phone numbers are removed from Council’s website.

You can still get in contact with your Councillors by ringing the Councillor Support office on 9243 8848 or 9243 8846 during business hours. Councillors are also still available by email at the addresses provided by clicking the icon below their image.

Find out more about the election on the VEC website.

Rose Hill Ward

  • Airport West
  • Avondale Heights
  • Keilor East
  • Niddrie
  • most of Essendon West
  • part of Strathmore Heights

Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne

Refer above for further contact details

Deputy Mayor Cr John Sipek

Sports and Community Portfolio
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Cr Andrea Surace

Integrated Transport Portfolio
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Buckley Ward

  • Aberfeldie
  • Essendon Fields
  • Essendon North
  • Strathmore
  • most of Essendon and Strathmore Heights
  • parts of Moonee Ponds and Essendon West

Cr Rebecca Gauci Maurici

Future Communities and Leisure and Active Communities Portfolio
Refer above for further contact details

Cr Richard Lawrence

Business Promotion Portfolio
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Cr Narelle Sharpe

Lifelong Learning Portfolio
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Myrnong Ward

  • Ascot Vale
  • Flemington
  • Travancore
  • most of Moonee Ponds
  • part of Essendon

Cr Jim Cusack

Community Wellbeing Portfolio
Refer above for further contact details

Cr Nicole Marshall

Strategic Planning and Environment Portfolio
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Cr Cam Nation

Access, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Portfolio
Refer above for further contact details

Mayoral Position

Councillors elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. They may choose to elect the Mayor for a one or two year term, during the four year Council term. The current Mayor is Cr Samantha Byrne and the Deputy Mayor is Cr John Sipek; they were elected for a one-year term in October, 2019.

Here is a list of previous Mayors:

Year Mayor
1997-98 Cr Eugene Hammer
1998-99 Cr Hedley Moffat
1999-00 Cr Don Cornish
2000-01 Cr Trevor Sinclair
2001-02 Cr Don Cornish
2002-03 Cr Eugene Hammer
2003-04 Cr Mark Kennedy
2004-05 Cr Lydia Kauzlaric
2005-06 Cr Jan Chantry
2006-07 Cr Ben Opie
2007-09 Cr Paul Giuliano
2009-10 Cr Shirley Cornish
2010-11 Cr John Sipek
2011-12 Cr Jim Cusack
2012-13 Cr Narelle Sharpe
2013-14 Cr Jan Chantry
2014-15 Cr Narelle Sharpe


Cr Andrea Surace
2017-18 Cr John Sipek
2018-19 Cr Narelle Sharpe
2019-20 Cr Samantha Byrne


Councillor-Community Dispute Resolution Policy

Council has developed a Councillor-Community Dispute Resolution Policy which provides a process for resolving disputes that may arise between a Councillor and a member of the community. To view the policy click here and search for Councillor – Community Dispute Resolution Policy.

The policy encourages Councillors and community members to try and resolve matters before commencing any formal process under the policy. However, in the event a dispute does remain unresolved following an informal resolution process, the policy provides an avenue for community members to formalise their complaint in writing and have the dispute facilitated by the Chief Executive Officer.

Donations and Grants register

The Donations and Grants Register contains information about who Council donated to and grants awarded by Council including the amount of each donation and grant.

Code of Conduct

Councillors are governed by a Code Of Conduct to maintain the highest standards of conduct and behaviour.

Councillor expenses

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, Councillors are entitled to be reimbursed in relation to expenses incurred in their capacity as a Councillor.

Council has adopted the Councillor Expenses Policy and Procedure which provides a broad overview of how Council provides assistance and support to the Mayor and Councillors in carrying out their role and official duties.

To ensure greater transparency, we publish the reimbursement of Councillor expenses here on this page on a quarterly basis. The figures included in these reports may include expenses not incurred in the reporting period but processed by the administration in the reporting period.

Political Party Membership

This Register contains details of political party memberships held by Councillors. The register includes both past and present memberships.

Councillor Current Membership Previous Membership
Cr Samantha Byrne No
Cr Jim Cusack Yes - Australian Labor Party
Cr Rebecca Gauci Maurici Yes - Liberal Party of Australia
Cr Richard Lawrence No Yes - Liberal Party of Australia
Cr Nicole Marshall Yes - Australian Labor Party
Cr Cam Nation No Yes - Liberal Party of Australia
Cr Narelle Sharpe No
Cr John Sipek No Yes - Australian Labor Party
Cr Andrea Surace No