Councillor Andrea Surace - Mayor

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

Email: asurace@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Have a conversation with the Mayor

As an elected representative, it’s important for me to have a clear understanding of the issues impacting our residents. I believe in community engagement and hearing from residents first-hand.

Until October, I am holding community conversation sessions at various locations across Moonee Valley. If you have a question, idea or issue that you would like to discuss with me, or you have feedback on Council’s services, programs and strategies then this is the perfect time for you to tell me. Whether you are a resident, business owner, someone who studies in or visits Moonee Valley, all are welcome to drop in for an informal chat.

I’ll be at each venue from 12 noon until 2pm so come along and have a chat, my upcoming sessions are:

  • Thursday, 22 June at Niddrie Library
  • Thursday, 13 July at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

June/July update

We recently held a community forum for residents to have their questions answered and voices heard about the Buckley Street level crossing removal. We are very concerned that the State Government body tasked with undertaking the removals, the Level Crossing Removal Authority, has not made a genuine effort to engage and consult with the local community before rushing to nominate road-under-rail as their preferred option. This is the opposite of our preferred option, rail-under-road. We want to make sure the State Government understands this is an engaged community, this matters to us and they must listen and provide genuine consultation before they make a decision that will impact our area for the next 100 years. I encourage everyone to write to your local Member of Parliament to demand rail-under-road. For more information on this project visit mvcc.vic.gov.au/levelx

Council provides a range of services for children and their families that help children advance their education, health and wellbeing. I’m proud of the support that we give families and I appreciate the work that Council officers undertake to benefit the children in our community.

Each year we recognise members of our community who make outstanding contributions to our community. If you know someone who works hard to make a difference in Moonee Valley, whether big or small, then I encourage you to nominate them for a Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Award.

Winter Music in the Valley is on again with four free concerts to delight your musical senses. This popular event series showcases some of our city’s churches as well as the talented musicians. The music is sure to boost your spirit, so head along to at least one of the concerts.

To celebrate Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service turning 100 years, Council is hosting a display of MCH memorabilia. The display of historical photos and articles also has some interesting facts about how the MCH service in Moonee Valley has evolved. 

One of these interesting facts is that the building that we now call the Civic Centre was the site of the first purpose-built centre. It opened in 1926 on the corner of Pascoe Vale Road and St Thomas Street in Moonee Ponds, which was renamed Kellaway Avenue in 1956 after MCH volunteer Eliza Kellaway. Our Moonee Valley history is fascinating! I encourage you to visit the displays at Sam Merrifield Library, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre and Niddrie Library throughout June and witness how this important community service has evolved.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and it reminds us about the importance of language in relation to cultural identity. There are a number of events being held in our city and you can join in the celebrations.

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?

  1. Honest
  2. Tolerant
  3. Friendly
  4. Ambitious
  5. 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
  • Multiculturalism
  • Interaction and communities supporting each other
  • Choices of shopping precincts, services and infrastructure
Last updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 6:01 AM