Council elections

Councillors are elected every 4 years to represent the community.

The most recent Council election was held by postal vote for all Victorian councils on Saturday, 24 October 2020. It was the first election where Banyule's profile consisted of 9 wards with 1 councillor elected as representative for each ward.

Council election results

Results of the 2020 council elections have been declared for Banyule Council by the VEC (Victorian Electoral Commission).

This list summarises the successful candidates across the 9 wards that make Banyule.

2020 Councillors Elect reflected on ward map of Banyule
Ward Successful candidate
Bakewell Mark Di Pasquale 
Beale Elizabeth Nealy
Chelsworth Alida McKern
Griffin Peter Castaldo
Grimshaw Rick Garotti
Hawdon Fiona Mitsinikos
Ibbott Tom Melican
Olympia Peter Dimarelos
Sherbourne Alison Champion 

The VEC website has more details about the election including vote counts, enrolment numbers and preference details for each ward.

Learn more about the election results

Campaign donations

Bakewell ward

Name Gift Donor Value
George, Katie No
Di Pasquale, Mark No
Sammartino, Gary No
Grace, Brian No

Beale ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Nealy, Elizabeth No
Copsey, Michael Yes Australian Greens Victoria $2,136.38
Allen, Jonah No
Moloney, Brad No
Phillips, Wayne No
Dixon, Mark No
Cricco, Robert John No

Chelsworth ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Liban, Amina Yes Hussein Huraca $2,500
Liban, Amina Yes Asli Mohamud $2,500
McKern, Alida Yes The Greens Banyule Branch $593
McKern, Alida Yes The Greens State Office Victoria $2,136.38
Crocker, Jeremy No
Biaginni, Kevin No
Dillon, Tanya No return
Fenton, Emily No
Samuel, Emma Yes Theodore Antony Moule $7,522.43
Ziebell, Carl No
Mazerczuk, Peter No
Dixon, Chris No
Bergman, Dora No
Ayoub, Houwaida No

Griffin ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Benton, Kerry-Anne No
Steele, Helen No
Moss, Bev Yes Animal Justice Party $567.17
Moss, Bev Yes Animal Justice Party $1,005.64
Castaldo, Peter Yes Paul Kennedy $1,000
Castaldo, Peter Yes Victoria Greens State Office $4,567.78
Castaldo, Peter Yes Banyule Greens $693
Mulholland, Jenny No
Rutherford, Kate No

Grimshaw ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Bhatia, Raj No
Garotti, Rick No
Wade, Stephen No
McLean, Toafa No

Hawdon ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Robson-Garth, Tracey No return
Haworth, Michael No
Mitsinikos, Fiona No
Williams, Emilia No
McDowel, Nola No
Fernandez, Anthony No
Bieber, Emily Yes Domenic Stanton $500
Bieber, Emily Yes Heather Smith $500
Bieber, Emily Yes Australian Greens Victoria $2,636.38

Ibbott ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Melican, Tom No
Goodman, Matthew Yes Australian Greens Victoria $2,136.38

Olympia ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Langdon, Craig No
McColl, Karen-Joy No
Dimarelos, Peter No
Wild, Martyn No
Deviesseux, Shirley No
Hill, Kevin No

Sherbourne ward

Name Gift Donor Value
Townson, Leanne No
Vidler, Dani No
Champion, Alison No
Giovas, Michelle No

Candidate information

We maintained a Candidate Information Request Register that hosts all requests for information of a non-election nature by all candidates, and the responses given to those requests. 

View the Candidate Information Request Register

What to expect as a councillor

As a councillor, you will perform a diverse range of tasks. Council meetings are held approximately every 3 weeks on a Monday, with councillor briefing sessions held every other Monday. We have multiple advisory committees that councillors can elect to be part of.

The part-time role of a councillor is often undertaken while juggling family, community and paid work responsibilities: it will be up to you to determine how much time you spend on Council matters.

Councillor responsibilities

As a councillor, you will make important decisions on behalf of the community, including:

  • providing leadership and good governance to the community;
  • developing and maintaining community infrastructure like roads, drains, footpaths, building, recreation facilities and parks and gardens;
  • managing budgets;
  • planning for the future growth and development of the whole municipality;
  • contributing to policy and programs that impact the community;
  • provide a diverse range of property, economic, human, recreational and cultural services; and
  • reinforcing state and local laws relating to environmental protection, public health, traffic and parking and animal management.

The Victorian Government have built a comprehensive guide about local councils and how they work.


A comprehensive induction for all councillors is undertaken at the start of each term, and continued training opportunities are offered throughout the entire term.

At the beginning of an elected term, all councillors are offered equipment to undertake their new roles, including a computer and mobile phone.

Financial allowances are provided within limits set by the Victorian Government, and include travel allowance for Council-related meetings and childcare.

Effective 1 December 2019

  • Councillor $31,444
  • Mayoral $100,434


If you want to know more contact our Governance team on 9490 4222.