Councillor Samantha Byrne

Ward: Rose Hill (Airport West, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights)

Portfolio: Leisure and Active Communities

Phone: 0437 329 146


August/September update

It is time to get ready for Active8! There are many free activities for all ages and abilities, including group fitness classes, a skate workshop, orienteering and pilates in the park. Registrations are open and I encourage you to sign up.

Our libraries are bursting with different activities for you to enjoy. We are lucky to have Dr. Susan Carland coming to Sam Merrifield Library to speak about her new book in August. Dr. Carland was listed as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, so I’m sure her author talk will be insightful. If you’d prefer to try an activity that’s more hands on, you could take a class to learn French, or simply pick up a latest release novel and sit back and relax. Pop into a branch or visit our libraries page to find out what else is on offer in our libraries.
To all of Moonee Valley’s winter sporting teams who have made it to finals, I wish you good luck. Play your best and remember to enjoy yourself.

About Cr Byrne

Tell us about yourself

I am a lifelong, proud and passionate Moonee Valley resident and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have to represent this municipality over the next 4 years. I live in East Keilor with my husband and energetic dog Matilda. I currently work at the local Community Health Centre, where my hours are shared between being a Podiatrist and co-ordinating a respite service for the elderly or those living with dementia.  My interests include spending time with family, long runs around our beautiful parks and waterways, playing netball and socialising with friends. 

What five words best describe you?

  1. Hardworking
  2. Motivated
  3. Innovative
  4. Compassionate
  5. Independent

What do you hope to achieve in your term as Councillor?

Our parks, gardens and open spaces are some of our greatest community assets. I would like to increase our commitment to quality open spaces and see a greater number of sporting facilities for men and women in Rose Hill.

I also want to increase community spirit, involvement and engagement in our neighbourhoods by introducing initiatives such as food trucks, farmers markets, dog parks and small festivals and events.

An important first step in achieving this is to have your say in consultation on our long-term plan for Moonee Valley. I encourage you to get involved in this consultation and help us to shape the future of our great city. Sharing your ideas on what is important to you and your family will ensure that we get our long-term planning right.

I also hope to promote the value of local council to a younger audience - particularly on social media.

As a collective, we need to work on a cohesive plan to implement a Moonee Valley Planning Scheme which will control the overdevelopment in our municipality.

What do you think are Moonee Valley's greatest strengths?

The open spaces, beautiful parks, rivers and creeks. 

Last updated: Sunday, 24 September 2017, 12:16 AM