What you need to know
Cr John Sipek (Deputy Mayor)
I live in East Keilor with my wife, two adult sons and our cat. I am an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by profession, a Justice of the Peace, Professional Company Director and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I am a former Director of the Qantas Superannuation Fund for over 15 years, MAV and former Chairman of the Australian Packaging Covenant.
I enjoy all forms of sporting activities and support many local clubs especially now with the increase in female participation.
What five words best describe you?
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 and create a sporting hub, expanding our Bee re- homing and Men’s Sheds programs, upgrading our pavilions and providing LED lights plus 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.