Mayor's message

Published on 10 December 2020

Council group

The new Banyule Council: (L-R) Cr Elizabeth Nealy, Cr Peter Dimarelos; Cr Mark Di Pasquale, Cr Alison Champion, Mayor Cr Rick Garotti, Deputy Mayor Cr Tom Melican, Cr Alida McKern, Cr Peter Castaldo, Cr Fiona Mitsinikos. Photos taken individually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It is an enormous privilege to be elected Mayor of our new Council. Thank you to Cr Alison Champion, our outgoing Mayor, for her incredible efforts during such a challenging year. Thank you also to former councillors, Craig Langdon and Wayne Phillips, for their commitment to public life and the enormous contribution they have made to our local community over many years at Council. 

You may not know but October’s election saw Banyule Council increase its number of councillors from seven to nine which has strengthened local representation. I am delighted to lead this new group of councillors who bring energy and enthusiasm, and diverse expertise and life experiences that will enhance our decision making and performance. To learn more about your new councillors. 

2041 Community Vision and Council Plan 

We are excited to be creating our new Community Vision and the next Council Plan and we want to hear from you. Banyule 2041: Shaping our Future invites you to share your views on what you imagine Banyule to be in 20 years’ time. At the same time, we are developing our new Council Plan (2021-2025), which sets the key directions and framework for the next four years in line with our long-term vison.

The road ahead

There is no doubt we are going through a challenging time with the impacts of COVID-19 being felt by so many within the community. Council was quick to act at the start of this pandemic and I can assure you that the new Council has not lost sight of what is needed. Our focus is to support the community to recover and rebuild from COVID-19 with a range of initiatives and safeguards, especially to help people in vulnerable positions. 

Stay safe and look after one another. 

Banyule Mayor Cr Rick Garotti



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