Council and Elections

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Mayor and Councillors

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Councillors are your local elected representatives, they advocate on behalf of residents and work to assist them. Councillors are responsible for managing the City's assets, provide a wide range of services and facilities and ensure finances are allocated in the best interests of the whole community.

Wards

The City of Darebin is subdivided into three wards; Rucker, Cazaly and Latrobe, each Ward is represented by three Councillors.

Mayor and Council Elections

Council elections are held every four years, and the next election will be held on 24 October 2020. The Mayor is elected each year at a Special Council Meeting.

 

Rucker Ward

Cr. Kim LE CERF

Cr Kim Le Cerf (Mayor)
Mob: 0419 750 457
Fax: (03) 9261 4874
Email: Kim-LeCerf@cr.darebin.org

Terms as Councillor: 2016-2020
Terms as Mayor: 2016-2017

Committee memberships: Planning Committee (Chairperson), Hearing of Submissions Committee (Chairperson), Audit Committee, Darebin Australia Day Committee (Chair), Darebin Domestic Animal Management Reference Group (Co-Chair), Darebin Education Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Environmental Reference Group (Co-Chair), Darebin Women's Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (Chair),

Councillor profile: Cr Kim Le Cerf was elected to Darebin Council in 2016 and is currently serving as Mayor of an invigorated new Council featuring six women. Kim has undertaken study in economics.

Kim's passion for the environment and desire to create a sustainable future for generations to come has been the foundation of a career in environmental leadership and project management in both local and state government. Much of her career to date has been devoted to managing the impacts of climate change, both locally and globally.

As a Darebin councillor, Kim feels a strong connection to the local community where she lives and where she is raising her three children. She has committed to addressing key urban issues, including getting planning and land use right so we don’t destroy the neighbourhoods we know and love, investing in infrastructure now and for the future, and of course, responding to climate change.

 

Cr. Trent McCARTHY

Cr Trent McCarthy
Mob: 0419 750 604
Fax: (03) 9261 4876
Email: Trent-McCarthy@cr.darebin.org

Terms as Councillor: 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Darebin Environmental Reference Group (Co-Chair),

Councillor profile: The place we now call Darebin has a rich history of human settlement going back thousands of years. We should look to how the Wurundjeri Nation has lived in harmony and connection with this land to meet the challenges we face, now and into the future.

With Darebin’s population expected to grow by 40,000 over the next 14 years, we need to make better and fairer use of what we have. We must secure, rejuvenate and create the services and infrastructure our diverse community needs, from community centres and sports facilities to children’s services and aged care. We must always keep an eye on what makes Darebin a great place to live - our inclusive and vibrant community, our unique streetscapes and urban spaces and our bushland, parks and creeks.

I'm excited to work with you and our new Council team to meet the big challenges, ensuring we have well-designed, accessible and sustainable housing and that we take strong local action on climate change. We need open and accountable governance and community-led solutions - everyone should feel ownership of Council’s plans.

Cr. Susan RENNIE

Cr Susan Rennie
Mobile: 0419 750 035
Fax: (03) 9261 4878
Email: Susan-Rennie@cr.darebin.org

Term as Councillor: 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Audit Committee, Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Bicycle Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Interfaith Council (Co-Chair), Darebin Youth Advisory Group (Proxy),

Councillor profile: As a resident of 18 years, I have a deep sense of connectedness to place and community in my neighbourhood and across Darebin.

I've worked in the health and community sector for 20 years and championed social justice causes. On Council I can help to ensure the community is safe, welcoming and healthy for all.  Every person should feel valued and included, whatever their background.

We have challenges ahead in Darebin to plan for population growth and welcome 40,000 new residents in a way that enhances liveability rather than detracting from it. So my key local concerns include enhancing community health and wellbeing, building a more sustainable city, and improving the planning scheme to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.

 

Cazaly Ward

Cr. Steph AMIR

Cr Steph Amir
Mobile: 0419 750 192
Fax: (03) 9261 4852
Email: Steph-Amir@cr.darebin.org

Term as Councillor: 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Darebin Arts Ambassadors (Co-Chair), Darebin Bicycle Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Youth Advisory Group (Chair), Northland Urban Renewal Precinct Steering Committee (Co-Chair), Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee (Chair)

Councillor profile: We have everything we need in Darebin - Merri Creek, shops, cafes, great schools and connection to the rest of Melbourne. I’m proud that we’re a leader in arts and culture and cultural diversity, and love that people in our city stop and say "hello".

I joined Council to make sound decisions for the community; I want to implement good policy and lead in areas like environmental sustainability.  I’m energised by the fact that Council better reflects our diverse community now with women, young people and LGTBIQ people represented.

We need to invest in good infrastructure now, not retrofit later.  We need to improve economic equity, leverage our multicultural strengths, and work to ensure everyone can live a prosperous, connected life.

Cr. Lina MESSINA

Cr Lina Messina
Mobile: 0419 750 504
Fax: (03) 9261 4847
Email: Lina-Messina@cr.darebin.org

Term as Councillor: 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Active and Healthy Ageing Community Advisory Board, Northland Urban Renewal Precinct Steering Committee (Co-Chair), Preston Business Advisory Committee (Chair)

Councillor profile: Darebin is a great municipality - I love our unique social and cultural diversity.

We know there are many things we can do to collectively make our city even better.  For me that includes transparency, social inclusion and good governance.  We need to ensure that our planning scheme balances growth with sustainable and appropriate developments that are congruent with our neighbourhood character. We need to stimulate jobs and economic development and foster the arts, culture and heritage that underpin our community identity.

As a council we will need to capitalise on councillor’s individual strengths, talents and attributes.  We’ll need to embody cohesion, trust and strong working relationships.

I am passionate about making a contribution to our community and honoured and humbled by the trust placed in me and the Council.

Cr. Julie WILLIAMS

Cr Julie Williams
Mobile: 0419 750 152
Fax: (03) 9261 4846
Email: Julie-Williams@cr.darebin.org

Term as Councillor: 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Darebin Disability Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Domestic Animal Management Reference Group (Co-Chair), Northland Urban Renewal Precinct Steering Committee (Co-Chair), Preston Business Advisory Committee (Proxy)

Councillor profile: I've lived worked and played in Darebin nearly all my life and am now raising my family here.

Darebin is so culturally diverse with an abundance of food, schools, sporting clubs and innovative businesses, open spaces and great transport. The Preston market is a great reflection of the culture that makes this community so wonderful and livable.

With our growing population, within the next 15 years, 25 percent of our residents will be over the age of 65. I want to ensure Darebin continually invests in infrastructure, trees, safety and appropriate development so that our next generation will be accommodated for.

I was motivated to stand for council again because I wanted to ensure that Darebin builds appropriate development, protects sensitive interfaces, manages parking, and protects local amenities.

 

Latrobe Ward

Cr. Gaetano GRECO

Cr Gaetano Greco (Deputy Mayor)
Mob: 0419 750 214
Fax: (03) 9261 4841
Email: Gaetano-Greco@cr.darebin.org

Terms as Councillor: 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Terms as Mayor: 2013-2014
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Bundoora Homestead Board of Management Committee, Active and Healthy Ageing Community Advisory Board, Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Arts Ambassadors (Co-Chair), Darebin Education Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Housing Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Interfaith Council (Co-Chair), Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group Committee, Reservoir Structure Plan Community Reference Group (Co-Chair)

Councillor profile: Darebin is the best multicultural city in Victoria, with people from all over the world living side by side in harmony and supporting one another.

We have great local businesses, cafes and restaurants - my top priority is protecting the iconic Preston Market’s character and culture. I’m eager to get things done for our city, to make Council more transparent and accessible and help people have a real say about how ratepayers’ money is spent.

It’s time to get on with big projects, like the multi sports stadium, new intercultural centre, Edwardes Lake Boat House, city beautification, and environmental initiatives.

We also need to stop inappropriate development. Enough is enough. We need to fix traffic and parking problems and ensure the State Government fixes our dangerous rail crossings.

Cr. Tim LAURENCE

Cr Tim Laurence
Mobile: 0419 750 234
Fax: (03) 9261 4842
Email: Tim-Laurence@cr.darebin.org

Terms as Councillor: 1996-1997, 1998-2002, 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020
Terms as Mayor: 2000-2001, 2012-2013

Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Bundoora Homestead Board of Management Committee, Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group Committee, Reservoir Structure Plan Community Reference Group (Co-Chair)

Councillor profile: No other place can match the vibrancy of this easy-going and culturally diverse community. People are quick to say hello and we're a multilingual lot with many languages in our midst.

We're spoilt for food choice with Preston market and a diverse range of cultural providores, and our large urban parks and creek valleys provide great open spaces.

I ran for council again to make a difference.  I believe we must ensure a fair go for all, equal access to council services, and equal allocation of ratepayer funding across our suburbs.

Our biggest challenge is restoring our City to being the best place to live in Melbourne.  We need better roads, replanted parks, affordable housing, greener streetscapes, renewed sports facilities and first class community centres and services.

Cr. Susanne NEWTON

Cr Susanne Newton
Mobile: 0419 764 245
Fax: (03) 9261 4843
Email: Susanne-Newton@cr.darebin.org

Terms as Councillor: 2016-2020
Committee memberships: Planning Committee, Hearing of Submissions Committee, Bundoora Homestead Board of Management Committee, Active and Healthy Ageing Community Advisory Board, Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Disability Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Housing Committee (Co-Chair), Darebin Women's Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group Committee, Reservoir Structure Plan Community Reference Group (Co-Chair), Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee (Proxy)

Councillor profile: I choose to live in Darebin because it's so diverse and vibrant, and I've gotten to know and love Reservoir.

Reservoir is an amazing example of different ethnic communities living in harmony.  But there’s room for more small businesses and a livelier shopping strip - enhancing what's good about Reservoir now while maintaining the sense of community.

Our city faces significant challenges with population growth, the impacts of traffic and climate change.  As a Council we need to ask if we have good enough planning to cope with density and manage the impact.

At a local level, my key concerns reflect what the community told me: hoons and safety on our streets, appropriate development and open spaces to balance the increase in housing density.

 

 

Council Committees

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Council has established a number of Standing Committees and Community Advisory Committees to facilitate efficient and effective decision making processes.
Standing Committees
Standing Committees are formal committees that either make decisions on behalf of the Council, manage a service or facility on behalf of Council or advise and recommend to Council on specific functions or responsibilities.

Depending on their role and the need for delegated powers, Standing Committees can either be Special Committees or Advisory Committees.

Council has established the following Standing Committees for the 2016/2017 Council year.

STANDING COMMITTEES
 COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Planning Committee All Councillors, Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor) (Chairperson)
Hearing of Submissions Committee All Councillors, Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor) (Chairperson)
Audit Committee Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor), Cr. Susan Rennie,
Mr Terry Richards, Dr Bruce Carroll, Mr Michael Said (Independent Chairperson)
Bundoora Homestead Board of Management Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Tim Laurence, Cr. Susanne Newton
Ms Tahila Azaria, Mr Craig Barrie, Ms Cathy Dodson, Mr Tim Fisher, Director Community Development

Community Advisory Committees
Council has established a number of Community Advisory Committees to facilitate community participation and input into policy and service development, or to assist with facility, project and event management.

Community Advisory Committees typically are made up of Councillors, Council Officers and a number of community representatives. The community representatives may be local residents appointed in their own right, or representatives of service authorities, support agencies or community organisations.

Council has established and appointed Councillor members to the following Community Advisory Committees for the 2016/2017 Council year.

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES
 COMMITTEE
 MEMBERS
Active and Healthy Ageing Community Advisory Board Cr. Lina Messina, Cr. Susanne Newton, Cr. Gaetano Greco (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Susan Rennie, Cr. Susanne Newton (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Arts Ambassadors Cr. Steph Amir, Cr. Gaetano Greco (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Australia Day Committee Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor) (Chair)
Darebin Bicycle Advisory Committee Cr. Steph Amir, Cr. Susan Rennie (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Disability Advisory Committee Cr. Julie Williams, Cr. Susanne Newton (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Domestic Animal Management Reference Group Cr. Kim Le Cerf, Cr. Julie Williams (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Education Committee Cr. Kim Le Cerf, Cr. Gaetano Greco (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Environmental Reference Group Cr. Kim Le Cerf, Cr. Trent McCarthy (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Housing Committee Cr. Susanne Newton, Cr. Gaetano Greco (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Interfaith Council Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Susan Rennie (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Women's Advisory Committee Cr. Kim Le Cerf, Cr. Susanne Newton (Co-Chairs)
Darebin Youth Advisory Group Cr. Steph Amir (Chair), Cr. Susan Rennie (proxy)
Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Tim Laurence, Cr. Susanne Newton
Municipal Emergency Management Planning  Committee Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor) (Chair)
Northland Urban Renewal Precinct Steering Committee Cr. Steph Amir, Cr. Lina Messina, Cr. Julie Williams (Co-Chairs)
Preston Business Advisory Committee Cr. Lina Messina (Chair), Cr. Julie Williams (proxy)
Reservoir Structure Plan Community Reference Group Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Tim Laurence, Cr. Susanne Newton (Co-Chairs)
Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee Cr. Steph Amir (Chair), Cr. Susanne Newton (proxy)
 

Council Representatives

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Council is represented on a number of state-wide, metropolitan, regional and Darebin Organisations. Council has appointed representatives to the following community organisations for the 2016/2017 Council year.

STATEWIDE, METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS
 ORGANISATION COUNCILLOR(S)
Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Cr. Susan Rennie, Cr. Trent McCarthy (proxy)
Victorian Local Governance Association Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor), Cr. Gaetano Greco (proxy)
Local Governments Waste Management Forum Cr. Lina Messina
Inner Northern Group Training Ltd. Cr. Lina Messina, Cr. Gaetano Greco (proxy)
Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network Inc. Cr. Lina Messina, Cr. Gaetano Greco (proxy)
North West 4 Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor), Cr. Susan Rennie
Friends of Baucau Cr. Gaetano Greco, Cr. Susanne Newton
Metropolitan Transport Forum Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor), Cr. Susan Rennie
Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) Cr. Trent McCarthy

DAREBIN BASED ORGANISATIONS
 ORGANISATION  COUNCILLOR(S)
Darebin Enterprise Centre Ltd (DECL) Cr. Trent McCarthy, Cr. Steph Amir
Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC) Cr. Tim Laurence, Cr. Lina Messina, Cr. Susanne Newton
Darebin Creek Management Committee Inc. Cr. Kim Le Cerf (Mayor), Cr. Susan Rennie (proxy)
Merri Creek Management Committee Inc. Cr. Trent McCarthy, Cr. Susan Rennie (proxy)

Transparent Governance

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Council is committed to making information available that explains how we operate and how we make our decisions in accordance with the 6 principles of our Good Governance Charter: Transparency; Accountability; Equity and Inclusion; Effectiveness and Efficiency; Community Engagement; and Ethical Decision Making.

In this section you’ll find a range of documents that outline processes and procedures relating to various aspects of Council business.

Councillors

Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (formerly Whistleblowers Protection Act)

Freedom of Information (FOI)

Registers and Schedules 

Elections

Local Laws 

Planning and Building

Elections

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The City of Darebin is divided into three wards, each represented by three Councillors. Elections are held every 4 years across Victoria.

2016 Council Election

Council elections were held on Saturday 22 October 2016. Election results are published on the Victorian Electoral Commission website, visit vec.vic.gov.au

Am I enrolled to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen you can check your State enrolment details on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

You are already enrolled to vote for City of Darebin elections if you meet the following three criteria:

  • You will be 18 years of age or over
  • You live in the City of Darebin;
  • You are on the State electoral roll for your current address.

 You need to enrol if:

  • You are an Australian citizen aged 18; and
  • You are not on the State electoral roll;
  • Or you have moved to a new residential address and have not updated your enrolment details, including changes to your postal address.

How do you Enrol?

Download a form from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website or pick up a form from any post office, Centrelink, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) office, Coles supermarket or Council Office and return the completed form to the VEC.

For further information please contact the VEC on 13 18 32.

Change to Enrolment Details

Where a person changes their principal place of residence, they need to obtain an Electoral Enrolment Card from any Post Office. The card will need to be completed with the new residential details and returned to the Australian Electoral Commission. The Commission will record the changes, which will then be reflected in Commonwealth, State and Council Voter's Rolls. 

Further Information

Victorian Electoral Commission
Ph: 13 18 32
Website: www.vec.vic.gov.au