Tom Melican

Deputy Mayor: Ibbott ward

You can also contact Deputy Mayor Tom Melican by post: PO Box 94 Greensborough Victoria 3088.

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I moved into Rosanna in 1981, was married shortly after, and we have been blessed with 4 wonderful children. After 40 years in the financial sector, I retired from full-time work and started to focus on community work. Prior to being on Council, I took a great deal of interest in all Council activities, especially those that impacted me and my family. There were some specific issues within my local area and I wanted to ensure the best outcome and, to achieve that, I decided to run for Council. Transport and providing better access for all is an area of particular interest to me. I also have a real passion for cycling and the local sporting clubs who provide so much value to the community.

Honestly and integrity are some of my key principles, and ensuring that every decision made by Council supports local residents rather than political biases or self-interest. To be an effective Council, it is important that all councillors' opinions and ideals are respected. We gain so much from building a great team that is inclusive, supportive and embraces change, while respecting the past and the many people that have worked hard to create this great city we call Banyule.

Currently, the COVID-19 crisis and the impact on our young and the most valuable within our community are key challenges we face. We also need to protect our environment and make a successful transition away from fossil fuel usage, as well as minimise the impacts of the North East Link on Banyule and its residents. It is also crucial we get the balance right between providing great facilities and services while ensuring great value for every dollar of rates collected. Improving our environment through better planning and protecting our great open spaces and local character are the legacy we leave our children, so this is something I and Banyule Council takes very seriously.