Despite the lockdown restrictions in place, your bins will still be collected, and we're still able to answer your calls. Stay safe, stay home and if you go out for any of the 6 reasons, remember your mask.
You can also contact Mayor Rick Garotti by post: PO Box 94 Greensborough Victoria 3088.
Please note: councillors cannot help you to get a permit, avoid a fine, or fast-track an application.
I know Banyule well having lived in Bundoora and Macleod all of my life. My wife and I currently live in Macleod and are raising our two young girls together.
I attended Loyola Secondary College and was an active member of the Diamond Valley Eagles Basketball Association. I continue to support a range of local community groups, including Banyule Community Health and the Watsonia RSL.
This is my third consecutive term as councillor and, as a Finance Director for a large health service, I utilise my financial experience to ensure sound management of Council's services and infrastructure while minimising rate increases. I also have extensive experience and connections with State and Federal governments which I draw on to successfully advocate for local residents.
We are blessed to live in Banyule and I genuinely believe Banyule is the best place in Victoria to live, work, invest and raise a family. I am motivated every day that I have the privilege to serve as Grimshaw Ward Councillor to invest in our local services, infrastructure and amenities, and deliver for the local community.
Beyond my local commitments I am deeply passionate about Council's ambitious Inclusive Local Jobs program. This has set the benchmark in Local Government, creating jobs and opportunities, transforming lives and building futures for those in our community who need it most.
Council has a key role to play in advancing good, long-term policies that improve the sustainability and liveability of our city. We need to continue to deliver smart and coordinated policies that focus on:
It is vital we continue to support local residents, businesses and the community to get through COVID-19 and move strongly into the recovery phase.
April 2021(PDF, 251KB)