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
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, 18 May, at Flemington Library
- Thursday, 22 June at Niddrie Library
- Thursday, 13 July at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
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 1 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
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