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, 24 August at Sam Merrifield Library

August/September update

Council recently adopted its 2017/18 annual budget. This budget outlines how we will spend Council’s money across important services, programs and infrastructure for the community. Your rates help us fund everything that we have set out to do, and there are some exciting projects in the pipeline.

Thank you to those who gave us suggestions and ideas for our long-term vision, MV2040. Through pop-up engagement sessions and an online survey, we received more than 1,300 responses. See the article on the next page for details on what you told us and how we’ll use that information.

Council recently formed Portfolio Advisory Committees after applications were sought earlier in the year. 180 community members applied to sit on one of 10 committees which cover all aspects of Council’s services. Of these applications, 98 community members have been appointed to the committees which meet at least three times a year to support strategy and policy development.

The committee members were inducted in July and will be working with Councillors to discuss, analyse and brainstorm strategy relating to their specific portfolios. The committees will assist Council to meet our commitments in the new Council Plan and bring accountability to our long-term strategic objectives.

You’ll be able to get active in October and November through our Active8 program. With the weather warming up and daylight savings kicking in, it’s the perfect time to increase your physical activity. This year’s program includes group fitness sessions, meditation classes, cycling and skate workshops and canoeing, so why not try something new!

There are plenty of shows, exhibitions and workshops you can attend at the Clocktower Centre, Incinerator Gallery or one of our libraries. We’re lucky to have such wonderful facilities in our great city which showcase amazing culture, and offer wonderful learning opportunities for all ages.

We are concerned that the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) awarded contracts for the Buckley Street level crossing removal project before a traffic impact assessment was completed. It is concerning that this major piece of information was not used by the LXRA when developing and submitting their preferred option of road-under-rail. This clearly shows the LXRA was not considering the impact to residents and commuters who live in and use this area. We will continue to advocate the best outcome for our residents’ liveability and environment. I encourage you to continue writing to your local MPs, the Minister for Transport and the Premier of Victoria to demand rail-under-road.

October brings a range of free and low cost events and activities for seniors as we celebrate our annual Seniors Festival. I encourage you to take part in an event or activity and connect with others in our great city. I encourage you to pick up a festival guide or visit Council’s website to see what else is on.

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. My next session is Thursday, 24 August at Sam Merrifield Library from 12 noon until 2pm. I hope to see you there.

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: Saturday, 19 August 2017, 10:24 AM