Ward: Rose Hill (Airport West, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights)
Portfolio: Integrated Transport
Phone: 0408 309 435
Message from the Mayor
I was very saddened by the plane crash that
recently occurred at DFO Essendon Fields and
wish to express deepest condolences to the
families and friends of those lost. The responsive
and courageous efforts of emergency services
was greatly appreciated, as was the work of
Council staff who assisted.
Council is currently working on our long-term
plan for Moonee Valley. This plan will be called
MV2040 and will guide how we make our
city extraordinary for current and future
generations to the year 2040. We recently held
29 neighbourhood information sessions, which
enabled Council to connect with residents about
their priorities for the future. We will be using this
feedback for guidance to make informed decisions
for the future liveability of Moonee Valley.
Together with my fellow Councillors, I am
working hard to advocate on behalf of Moonee
Valley residents regarding the removal of the
Buckley Street level crossing. In March, I hosted
community information sessions outlining
Council’s preferred option for a rail-under-road
solution and highlighted the potential issues
with the Level Crossing Removal Authority’s
(LXRA) proposed road-under-rail road solution.
We have one chance to get it right. I want to
ensure that we can achieve a rail-under-road
solution which we believe is the less intrusive
and better outcome that considers local needs
such as pressures on our road network and
the impact on business and schools. For more
information on this project visit mvcc.vic.gov.au/levelx
Anzac Day is approaching and provides
a reminder of the commitment shown by
World War One soldiers and the impact the
war had on families and communities. Since
World War One, Australian men and women
have served our country with distinction,
honour and compassion both in battle and in
peacekeeping. Council’s Anzac ceremony will be
held at Queens Park on Sunday, 23 April. Please
join me for the service and take a look at a new
memorial wall dedicated to those who lost their
lives in service during World War One.
I recently attended a fundraiser to support the
restoration of Moonee Ponds Courthouse after
it was destroyed by fire. While funding may still
be uncertain, Council has provided the Essendon
Historical Society with office space and storage.
I am confident that together we can restore the
building to its former glory.
Councillors are working with Council staff
to develop a draft budget for 2017/18 and I
encourage you to provide feedback during the
consultation period which is due to start on
Saturday, 15 April. Visit mvcc.vic.gov.au/budget to find out more.
National Youth Week will be held in the first
week of April. Whether it is leading their school,
working in the community or simply being a
valued member of their family, the enthusiasm
and passion of young people is a great asset to
our community. We are seeking representatives
for Council’s Young People’s Committee, if you
are interested or know someone who is, be sure
Cr Andrea Surace
Moonee Valley Mayor
Having held the Transport and Traffic portfolio over the last four years, I am aggressively pursuing
the best outcome for the Buckley Street level crossing removal. Whilst this is well overdue, the
State Government and Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) need to get it right.
If Council can’t achieve and negotiate with State Government for a rail-under-road solution, it
would be best to defer the project until a corridor solution inclusive of Park Street and Puckle
Street can be undertaken. To take whatever is thrown at us will create a disaster. This needs to be
done properly, without too much invasion to local road networks, businesses and schools. We only
have one chance to get it right!
We have extended our solar bulk buy deal so there is still opportunity for residents to get solar
installed, find out more at mvcc.vic.gov.au/solar
Please join me for Council’s Anzac service at Queens Park on Sunday, 23 April where we will also view a new memorial wall dedicated to those who lost their lives in service during World War One.
About Cr Surace
Tell us about yourself
I am a resident of Avondale Heights where I have raised three children. I run a small business in Keilor East. I am interested and passionate about community issues and what affects our neighbourhood and local environment.
What five words best describe you?
- Family oriented
What do you hope to achieve in your term as Councillor?
- Improvement in public transport options and connection, for example, extending the 59 tram and a rain link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD
- Better communication between developers, Council and residents
- Improved road infrastructure - collaboration and integration with neighbouring municipalities and their impact on Council
- Development of Canning Street Reserve to further enhance it
- Netball courts established and continued growth of our sporting venues for the youth and wider community within the municipality
What do you think are Moonee Valley's greatest strengths?
- Surrounded by waterways which also run through the municipality
- Community spirit and diversity
- Interaction and communities supporting each other
- Choices of shopping precincts, services and infrastructure